Trump retweeted the quote from a conservative author and radio host Wayne Allyn Root.
By World Israel News Staff
President Donald Trump retweeted a post on Wednesday from conservative author and radio host Wayne Allyn Root that American Jews “don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense!”
Root was likely referring to that fact that polls show U.S. Jews overwhelmingly oppose Trump despite the president’s track record of supporting Israel, including moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, cutting aid to the Palestinian Authority, and tightening sanctions on Iran, which has threatened Israel repeatedly with annihilation.
Pew Research found that 79% of U.S. Jews in 2018 voted Democrat for the House of Representatives.
Root also complimented the president for his efforts on behalf of Israel.
Root said Trump is “the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world… and the Jewish people in Israel love him like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God…”
The president’s retweet prompted a string of comments on Twitter both for and against him. One prominent name was Yair Netanyahu, son of Israel’s prime minister, who appeared to endorse Root’s words.
“We love president Trump in Israel! The best friend the Jewish people ever had in the White House! Thank you!” he tweeted.
We love president Trump in Israel! The best friend the Jewish people ever had in the White House! Thank you! ❤️🇺🇸🇮🇱
— Yair Netanyahu 🇮🇱 (@YairNetanyahu) August 21, 2019
The tweet follows criticism the president received after he said on Tuesday at the White House that American Jews who voted Democrat show “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
Liberal Jewish groups like J Street, the Jewish Democratic Council of America and Democratic Majority for Israel jumped on Trump’s comments, suggesting that he was employing an anti-Semitic trope about dual loyalty. Jonathan Greenblatt, representing the more mainstream Anti-Defamation League, also weighed in on their side.
However, other groups such as the Republican Jewish Coalition defended Trump, arguing that the president was speaking about people being disloyal to themselves and their own identity.
Taking the entirety of the president’s remarks, the latter appears more to be the case as the president defended Israel.
Trump commented on attacks against the Jewish state by Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who have made numerous anti-Israel comments in the short time they’ve been in office. At a Monday press conference, the two hinted at cutting aid to Israel.
Trump said on Tuesday that “Five years ago, the concept of even talking about this – even three years ago – of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people that hate Israel and hate Jewish people – I can’t believe we’re even having this conversation.”
“Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they’re defending these two people over the State of Israel?” Trump said.