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Lieberman: Democratic Party is not anti-Jewish, but some members say anti-Semitic things

Lieberman: Democratic Party is not anti-Jewish, but some members say anti-Semitic things
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Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who was once a Democrat, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the Democratic Party "is not an anti-Jewish party" but that it has members who say anti-Semitic things.

"The Democratic Party is not an anti-Jewish party, but there are some people in the party now, including in Congress as we've seen from Congresswoman Omar...who are saying explicitly anti-Semitic things," Lieberman, who is Jewish, said in an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York. 

Lieberman was referring to remarks from Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarYoung Turks founder on Democratic establishment: 'They lie nonstop' Hillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters MORE (D-Minn.) in recent weeks that were widely panned by lawmakers from both parties as involving anti-Semitic tropes.

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Meanwhile, Democrats have pushed back in recent days on President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE after he accused the Democratic Party earlier this month of being "anti-Jewish." 

“His comments show the president is only interested in playing the politics of division and not in fighting anti-Semitism. Mr. President, you have redefined chutzpah," Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHeatwaves don't lie: Telling the truth about climate change Schumer backing plan to add dental, vision and hearing coverage to Medicare Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting MORE (D-N.Y.) said last week.

Lieberman, a centrist who ran for vice president on Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreOn The Money: Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle | White House rules out gas tax hike Democrats have turned solidly against gas tax Overnight Energy: Biden seeks to reassert US climate leadership | President to 'repeal or replace' Trump decision removing protections for Tongass | Administration proposes its first offshore wind lease sale MORE's Democratic ticket in 2000, weighed in after Trump this week continued promoting a "Jexodus" or push for a "Jewish exodus" from the Democratic Party.

“'Jewish people are leaving the Democratic Party. We saw a lot of anti Israel policies start under the Obama Administration, and it got worsts & worse. There is anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party. They don’t care about Israel or the Jewish people,'” Trump tweeted Tuesday, quoting activist Elizabeth Pipko.

He urged Jewish voters to become Republicans again on Friday, implying that Republicans have been more supportive of Israel.

"The ‘Jexodus’ movement encourages Jewish people to leave the Democrat Party. Total disrespect! Republicans are waiting with open arms," he tweeted. "Remember Jerusalem (U.S. Embassy) and the horrible Iran Nuclear Deal!"

While doing exit polling during the 2018 midterms, CNN found that 79 percent of Jewish respondents said they voted for Democrats while 17 percent said they voted for Republicans. 

Trump's comments were sparked by remarks by Omar. The freshman lawmaker sparked backlash when she equated support for Israel to allegiance with a foreign country. Her supporters said she was criticizing the Israel lobby, but opponents slammed her remark as playing into an anti-Semitic "dual loyalty" trope.