Sanders to Trump: 'I am a proud Jewish person' with 'no concerns about voting Democratic'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic MORE (I-Vt.), who's running for the Democratic nomination for president, responded to President Trump’s Tuesday remarks that Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats are showing a "lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." 

“I am a proud Jewish person, and I have no concerns about voting Democratic,” Sanders said to a cheering crowd Tuesday night at a Sioux City, Iowa, rally.

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“And in fact, I intend to vote for a Jewish man to become the next president of the United States,” he added.

Sanders's comments come just hours after Trump told reporters, “I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat — I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”

It was unclear to whom or what he was claiming Jewish Democratic voters were disloyal, but the comments were made as he was discussing Israel’s decision to ban Democratic Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHuffPost reporter discusses progressives' successful showing on Tuesday Minneapolis Star Tribune endorses Ilhan Omar's primary challenger The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Key 48 hours loom as negotiators push for relief deal MORE (Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMinneapolis Star Tribune endorses Ilhan Omar's primary challenger Tlaib wins Michigan Democratic primary The Memo: Biden faces balancing act MORE (Minn.) from visiting the Middle Eastern nation over their support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

The comments were quickly condemned by left-leaning Jewish groups that said the president was playing off anti-Semitic tropes suggesting Jewish Americans have dual loyalty. 

The Republican Jewish Coalition defended the president’s remarks. 

Trump had urged Israel to ban Tlaib and Omar, two of his most vocal critics in the House, before the nation officially announced it would bar the Muslim American lawmakers from visiting.