Trump says Jewish people who vote for Democrats ‘HATE their religion and hate Israel’ – and that Biden and Schumer are being critical to win votes of liberals supporting Palestine

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Written By Maya Cantina

Donald Trump has accused Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats of hating Israel and ‘their religion’ in a radio interview with former White House staffer Sebastian Gorka.

Trump was asked by Gorka why the Democrats – specifically President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer – were so hostile to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

‘I actually think they hate Israel,’ answered Trump, who has himself criticized Netanyahu for a lack of preparation for the October 7 Hamas terror attack. 

Trump – whose daughter Ivanka is Jewish – then went further in his line of attack toward Jewish Democrats. 

‘Any Jewish person that votes for Democrats hates their religion,’ he said. ‘They hate everything about Israel, and they should be ashamed of themselves because Israel will be destroyed.’ 

Former President Donald Trump accused Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats of hating Israel and ‘their religion’ in a radio interview with former White House staffer Sebastian Gorka 

Following the remarks, the White House issued a statement condemning Donald Trump’s ‘vile and unhinged antisemitic rhetoric.’

White House spokesperson Andrew Bates told Mediaite: ‘President Biden has put his foot down when it comes to vile and unhinged Antisemitic rhetoric. 

‘As Antisemitic crimes and acts of hate have increased across the world – among them the deadliest attack committed against the Jewish people since the Holocaust – leaders have an obligation to call hate what it is and bring Americans together against it. 

‘There is no justification for spreading toxic, false stereotypes that threaten fellow citizens. None. Like President Biden said, he was moved to run for President when he saw Neo Nazis chanting ‘the same Antisemitic bile that was heard in Germany in the 1930s’ in Charlottesville.’ 

A Pew Research Center study in 2021 said that seven in ten Jewish voters are Democrats.  

The former president – who counted among his accomplishments during his term the moving of the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and the Abraham Accords normalizing trade between the Jewish state and several Gulf nations – sees these Democrats as cowering against pro-Palestinian sentiment.

‘Don’t forget, when you see those Palestinian marches – even I am amazed at how many people are in those marches,’ Trump said. 

‘And guys like Schumer see that, and to him it’s votes. I think it’s votes more than anything else, because he was always pro-Israel. He’s very anti-Israel now.’ 

Schumer, the highest ranking Jewish official in the U.S., called for new leadership and elections in Israel in a stunning rebuke of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

The Senate Majority leader says Netanyahu has ‘lost his way’ and has now become an ‘obstacle to peace’ five months after the October 7 Hamas attacks and the start of the war in Gaza.

In an extraordinary 45-minute speech on the Senate floor Thursday, the longtime defender of Israel said Netanyahu has put himself in a coalition of ‘far-right extremists’ and is more interested in his own political survival than a solution.

The White House said Schumer had informed it of his comments in advance and it ‘respected his right’ to make them. It expressed ‘no approval or disapproval’.

Trump was asked by Gorka why the Democrats - specifically President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer - were so hostile to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Trump was asked by Gorka why the Democrats – specifically President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer – were so hostile to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer has called for elections and new leadership in Israel because Benjamin Netanyahu is an ‘obstacle to peace’ in some of the most scathing U.S. criticism since the October 7 Hamas attack

A displaced Palestinian man carries containers amid the rubble of houses destroyed by Israeli bombardment in Hamad area, west of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on March 14, 2024

A displaced Palestinian man carries containers amid the rubble of houses destroyed by Israeli bombardment in Hamad area, west of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on March 14, 2024

Republicans slammed Schumer’s stance as ‘grotesque’ and Israel said it was ‘unhelpful’ while it was ‘at war against a genocidal terror organization.’ 

Schumer said: ‘As a democracy, Israel has the right to choose its own leaders, and we should let the chips fall where they may.

‘But the important thing is that Israelis are given a choice. There needs to be a fresh debate about the future of Israel after Oct. 7.

‘In my opinion, that is best accomplished by holding an election.’

The Senate’s Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, quickly came to Netanyahu’s defense in remarks just after Schumer. 

‘It is grotesque. and hypocritical for Americans who hyperventilate about foreign interference in our own democracy to call for the removal of the democratically elected leader of Israel. This is unprecedented.’ McConnell said.  

Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Herzog, said: ‘Israel is a sovereign democracy. It is unhelpful, all the more so as Israel is at war against the genocidal terror organization Hamas, to comment on the domestic political scene of a democratic ally. It is counterproductive to our common goals.’ 

Schumer is pictured with Netanyahu in 2017. He said in his speech: 'As a lifelong supporter of Israel, it has become clear to me: The Netanyahu coalition no longer fits the needs of Israel after October 7'

Schumer is pictured with Netanyahu in 2017. He said in his speech: ‘As a lifelong supporter of Israel, it has become clear to me: The Netanyahu coalition no longer fits the needs of Israel after October 7’

Displaced Palestinians walk through a street  filled with rubble in Hamad area, west of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip

Displaced Palestinians walk through a street  filled with rubble in Hamad area, west of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip 

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said: ‘We did have advance notice he was going to deliver those remarks.

‘We fully respect his right to make those remarks. This was not about approval of disapproval in any away but he did give us a heads up. Leader Schumer feels strongly. We’re going to let him to speak to his thought process.’

Schumer’s harsh criticism follows moves from President Joe Biden and Democrats to ramp up the pressure on Netanyahu to protect Palestinian civilians as he carries on his offensive.

The Biden administration has also called for a temporary ceasefire to get aid to Palestinians and to allow the release of hostages captured by Hamas. 

Netanyahu has vowed to carry on fighting until Hamas has been destroyed.

But Democrats have started to question his motives, sparking Schumer to deliver some of the most scathing criticism to date. 

Smoke billows form the northern part of the Gaza Strip as a result of an Israeli airstrike

Smoke billows form the northern part of the Gaza Strip as a result of an Israeli airstrike

Schumer added: ‘He (Netanyahu) has been too willing to tolerate the civilian toll in Gaza. Israel cannot survive if it becomes a pariah.

‘As a lifelong supporter of Israel, it has become clear to me: The Netanyahu coalition no longer fits the needs of Israel after October 7.

‘The world has changed — radically — since then, and the Israeli people are being stifled right now by a governing vision that is stuck in the past.’ 

Schumer said the only solution is ‘a demilitarized Palestinian state living side by side with Israel in equal measures of peace, security, prosperity and dignity.’ 

Netanyahu has rejected the idea of two-state solution because he believes it will allow a Hamas to maintain its presence and threaten the future of Israel.

Schumer’s comments sparked an immediate reaction from Republicans who called his speech ‘inappropriate and offensive’.

‘The last thing Israel needs is the ‘foreign election interference’ that Democrats so often decry here,’ Republican Senator Tom Cotton said.

Relatives of the Al Atrash family mourn over their covered bodies in Al Aqsa hospital, following an Israeli air strike in Deir Al Balah

Relatives of the Al Atrash family mourn over their covered bodies in Al Aqsa hospital, following an Israeli air strike in Deir Al Balah

U.S. President Joe Biden is welcomed by Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu, as he visits Israel amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel, October 18, 2023

U.S. President Joe Biden is welcomed by Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu, as he visits Israel amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, in Tel Aviv, Israel, October 18, 2023

 ‘Besides, the main elections that worry Chuck Schumer aren’t Israel’s but our elections, because the rampant anti-Semitism that the Democratic Party has allowed to fester in its ranks is massively unpopular with the pro-Israel American public’. 

White House National Security spokesman John Kirby said he would let Schumer ‘speak to his comments’ when asked about the speech.

‘We’re gonna stay focused on making sure that Israel has what it needs to defend itself while doing everything that they can to avoid civilian casualties, Kirby added.

‘We’re still focused, laser focused, on trying to get a temporary ceasefire in place so that we can get the hostages out and get more aid and that’s where our head is right now.’

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York, speaks to the press after the Democratic weekly luncheon at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on March 6, 2024

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York, speaks to the press after the Democratic weekly luncheon at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on March 6, 2024

Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to destroy Hamas following the terrorist group's October 7 atrocity in Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to destroy Hamas following the terrorist group’s October 7 atrocity in Israel 

Schumer and other leading Democrats, including Biden, face intense criticism from within their party, over Washington’s unconditional support for Israel, given the impact on Palestinian civilians of Israel’s assault on Gaza.

The war erupted after Hamas killed 1,200 people in an October 7 terrorist attack on Israel and took 253 hostages back to Gaza.

Schumer also criticized Palestinians who support Hamas, and said Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas should also step aside.

‘For there to be any hope of peace in the future, Abbas must step down and be replaced by a new generation of Palestinian leaders who will work towards attaining peace with a Jewish State,’ Schumer said.

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