LOS ANGELES: President Trump commented on Tuesday that liberal Jews vote against their own interests. In an off-the-cuff remark, Trump stated that “It shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” The left screamed bigotry, which the right dismissed as leftists acting like leftists. Trump’s comments were inartful, and they are completely accurate.
Trump’s remark was inartful because the very word “disloyalty” is a highly charged attack that has been used to demonize Jews throughout history. The Holocaust began when Adolf Hitler successfully convinced Germans that Jews were subversives plotting to take down Germany from within.
Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has never murdered anybody, but she has recently accused American Jews of dual loyalty. She explicitly stated that American Jews are more loyal to money than America.
These types of attacks are dangerous and result in violence against Jews.
What separates President Trump from Congresswoman Omar is context.
Omar’s attack was religious bigotry. Trump accused liberal Jews of being disloyal to their religion, not their country. That is a major distinction. Replacing the word “disloyalty” with “stupidity” would render his remarks to nothing more than a standard partisan ideological political attack.
Trump questioned their sanity, not their patriotism. In that vein, Trump is completely correct.
Conservative Republican Jews have been saying for over two decades that politically liberal Jews are liberals first and Jews second. Their religion is liberalism. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal is deemed a racist bigot.
Liberal Jews get angry at this charge, but their behavior validates the charge.
The two questions to ask liberal Jews that expose their true commitments.
The first question concerns their obsessive need to label Trump a racist bigot anti-Semite. Ask them to name the last Republican president or presidential candidate who was not labeled in this manner. President George W. Bush, Governor Mitt Romney, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and pretty much every Republican since Abraham Lincoln faces this charge. Rendering the charge meaningless.
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When a liberal labels someone a racist bigot, what they really mean is that the person facing the attack disagrees with them on policy matters.
The second and more serious question for liberal jews cuts right to the heart of the loyalty issue. Ask them to name a time in their life when their Judaism conflicted with their liberalism. Ask them which side they chose. From the horrendous Iran deal to the hyper-tolerant support of Omar and Detroit Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, liberal Jews by and large side with liberalism.
It takes zero courage to stand up to political opponents.
Bill Clinton was widely praised when he publicly called out an anti-white female rapper with Jesse Jackson in the audience. Clinton’s “Sister Souljah moment” was the heart of his attempt to portray himself as a reasonable moderate. The late New York Mayor Ed Koch famously called himself “a liberal with sanity.” On most issues, he was a doctrinaire liberal.
When it came to Islamists trying to murder Jews, he was a Jew first and a liberal second.
Clinton and Koch are statistical aberrations. Liberal Democrats rarely ever stand up to their own side. They have let “The Squad” of Omar, Tlaib, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez-Cortez, and Ayanna Pressley run wild. Liberal Jews, in particular, have never had their Sister Souljah moment.
Every time liberalism conflicts with Judaism, liberal Jews choose liberalism. That is the very definition of religious disloyalty and the validation of Trump’s comment.
Trump could have chosen a different word in offering an accurate sentiment.
He was not attacking Jews. His comment was to liberals who happen to be Jewish. He was questioning why any rational Jew today would be a liberal. Maybe he should ask why any rational person of any religion, race or ethnicity would be a liberal.
Those expecting Trump to have more polish with his words will be waiting a very long time. Those expecting his liberal critics to interpret his words honestly will be waiting even longer.
Lead Image: President Donald J. Trump greets Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein of the Chabad of Poway, Calif., at the National Day of Prayer Service Thursday, May 2, 2019, in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)