Jewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments

A Jewish House Democrat who served in the Navy blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE on Wednesday for accusing Jewish Americans of "great disloyalty" if they vote for Democrats and accused him of engaging in anti-Semitic tropes.

Rep. Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaOvernight Health Care: Democratic group to only endorse AG candidates who back abortion rights | Protect Our Care launches seven-figure ad buy to boost vulnerable Dems | California sues Juul Group launches seven-figure ad buy boosting vulnerable Democrats on drug prices Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families MORE (D-Va.), who last fall flipped a GOP-held district that Trump carried in 2016, cited her 20-year Navy career in pushing back against Trump's comments.
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"As a proud Jewish American, I am dismayed that the president is attacking millions in the American Jewish community as unintelligent and disloyal. These are centuries-old tropes that create an anti-Semitic environment. There is no place for such dangerous rhetoric, and the president should be ashamed to slander proud Americans," Luria said in a statement. 

Trump doubled down earlier Wednesday on his claim that Jews who vote Democratic are being "disloyal" to Jewish people and Israel.

"In my opinion, if you vote for a Democrat you’re being very disloyal to Jewish people and you're being very disloyal to Israel. And only weak people would say anything other than that," Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a speech in Kentucky.

Trump on Tuesday said Jewish people who vote for Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty."

Trump's comments came as he railed against Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack Progressives oppose spending stopgap measure over surveillance authority extension Ayanna Pressley introduces extensive criminal justice reform resolution MORE (D-Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack Progressives oppose spending stopgap measure over surveillance authority extension Omar asks court to apply 'system of compassion' in sentencing man convicted of threatening her MORE (D-Minn.), who have been critical of Israel and last week were barred from visiting the country in an official capacity, a move encouraged by Trump. Omar earlier this week responded by saying that the U.S. should reconsider aid to Israel.

"The concept of even talking about this ... of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people that hate Israel and hate Jewish people, I can't believe we’re even having this conversation," Trump said on Tuesday.

Other Jewish Democrats similarly accused Trump of engaging in anti-Semitic tropes about dual loyalty, including Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer2020 Republicans accuse Schumer of snubbing legislation Schumer: Leadership trying to work out competing surprise medical bill measures Top GOP senator: Drug pricing action unlikely before end of year MORE (D-N.Y.).

“To my fellow American Jews, particularly those who support [President Trump]: When President Trump uses a trope that has been used against the Jewish people for centuries with dire consequences, he is encouraging—wittingly or unwittingly—anti-Semites throughout the country and the world. Enough," Schumer said in a statement on Wednesday.

Rep. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinThis week: Round 2 of House impeachment inquiry hearings Sondland testimony looms over impeachment hearings this week Five takeaways from ex-ambassador's dramatic testimony MORE (R-N.Y.), who is Jewish, defended the president in a series of tweets on Wednesday but acknowledged that Trump "stirred debate, controversy & criticism."

"[Trump] has prioritized delivering important victories for the Jewish people & the US-Israel alliance as well as pushing back on the Omar/Tlaib wing of the Dem party that views these issues very differently. He’s a fighter & wont back down. On these policy priorities, he’s correct," Zeldin tweeted.

But Zeldin added that Jewish voters have diverse views. 

"As for Jewish voters, they don't universally vote the same way, bc they prioritize different stances/issues. Some Jews, just like non-Jews, are liberal, moderate or conservative & some have made a life long pledge to always vote for a particular party," Zeldin tweeted.