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Donald Trump’s Inappropriate Comments

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Donald Trump is doing it again, conflating American Jews with Israelis and blurring the line between his duties as president and the needs of his reelection campaign.

In a phone call with Jewish communal leaders on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, he voiced praise for Jews in the United States. “We really appreciate you,” he said. But then he raised eyebrows by adding, “We love your country also.” Trump, of course, was referring to Israel, America’s ally in the Middle East.

Trump’s conflation of American and Israeli Jews may not have been deliberate, but merely a careless slip of his loose tongue. Yet as he continued speaking, he made precisely the same faux pas, describing his Jewish son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, as “an unbelievable leader for Israel.”

The president’s comments, though presumably well intentioned, feed into the antisemitic myth that Jews are bound by dual loyalties and are essentially untrustworthy. At a time when anti-Jewish conspiracy theories are surging, particularly on the internet, this was the worst possible moment to imply that Jewish Americans are not real Americans.

Trump also stumbled into a minefield when he suggested that Israel would suffer if he failed to defeat his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, in the forthcoming presidential election.

As he put it, “I have to........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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