The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Thursday defended Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE after the GOP front-runner's freewheeling speech before a group of Jewish Republicans drew criticism.
"After having carefully reviewed the speech, we do not believe that it was Donald Trump’s intention to evoke anti-Semitic stereotypes," Jonathan Greenblatt, the league's CEO, said in a statement.
Democrats pointed to Trump's remarks before the Jewish audience on negotiating deals, as well as remarks from several other GOP candidates, to declare that "these Republican Apprentices are not ready for prime time."
Democratic National Committee spokesman TJ Helmstetter knocked "the Republican candidates’ tone-deaf and offensive remarks," adding in a statement, "it’s no wonder that Jewish voters identify as Democrats by a two-to-one margin."