The Squad vs. Israel; Trump and background checks

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They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Critics say it is part of a broader strategy that has also targeted minorities and immigrants with sometimes racist rhetoric in an attempt to shore up his base of white, working-class voters. Trump has been working hard to label Democratic freshman Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar as the face of the Democratic Party.

As journalist Katherine Stewart, who covers the religious right, explained in a New York Times article last December, the gist of the white evangelical view of Trump is "that he is a miracle sent straight from heaven to bring the nation back to the Lord" and "that resistance to Mr. Trump is tantamount to resistance to God".

"Where has the Democratic party gone?"

Trump reaffirmed his comments after he was asked about the criticism on Wednesday afternoon. "I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty". Minnesota and MI will have a hard time putting them back in office.

But Netanyahu remained silent about the latest uproar. Either way, anti-semites and bigots conclude, Jews are not to be trusted.

"We mustn't intervene in the elections and the political disagreements in the United States", Steinitz told Israel Radio.

Ann Lewis and Mark Mellman of Democratic Majority for Israel called it "one of the most unsafe, deadly accusations Jews have faced over the years".

"In Trump's eyes, gestures such as moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem or recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan were supposed to overshadow and eclipse the liberal worldview of U.S. Jews, which has made them into harsh opponents of his policies on immigration, minorities, abortions, freedom of the press, the rule of law and ethics in government, to name but a few", Shalev adds.

"I know Jewish values... tzedakah, chesed... there's an idea in Judaism about kindness and decency and mercy", he said in a video posted to Twitter by the politics site Iowa Starting Line. Following a march by neo-Nazis and White supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, he said there were "very fine people on both sides" after clashes between protesters and counter-protesters.

The gap between Democrats and Israel "has happened over time but it's been more dramatic over the past four to eight years", said Shmuel Asher, 35. Omar, accused by Democrats and Republicans of repeating anti-Semitic tropes, later apologized.

For decades, Israel has maintained staunch bipartisan support in Washington, saying that warm relations with both parties is the bedrock of the relationship with its closest ally.

TRUMP: So I have been responsible for a lot of great things for Israel. And Trump regularly boasts about actions he's taken as president that are seen as pro-Israel, like moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.

Jeffress, who led a prayer in a ceremony past year to celebrate relocation of the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, said that from a safe distance, it's easy for Americans to say, "Well why can't Israel be a little bit more tolerant?"

But these gains have come at a price. For the context of this next quote, Root said Trump is "America's first Jewish president" just like how Bill Clinton was "America's first black president". But American Jews don't know him or like him. "The damage done by his remarks yesterday can't be easily dismissed".

Donald Trump may delusionally call himself 'king of Israel, ' but it is clear that he is no friend to the Jewish community. "This is yet another example of Donald Trump continuing to weaponize and politicize anti-Semitism", Sofer said.

"But the truth of the matter is, that some Jews, even those who have always voted Democrat like myself, are being disappointed with the Democratic party" because its leadership is not reacting enough to what seems like anti-Semitism from some of its members, he said.

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