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

A Jewish House Democrat who served in the Navy blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpSteele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe Pelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' Trump 'no longer angry' at Romney because of Supreme Court stance 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 LuriaKate Schroder in Ohio among Democratic challengers squelching GOP hopes for the House Congress must finish work on popular conservation bill before time runs out Virginians wait up to four hours to cast early voting ballots 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 TlaibTrump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' George Conway: 'Trump is like a practical joke that got out of hand' Pelosi endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary challenge MORE (D-Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' Democrats scramble on COVID-19 relief amid division, Trump surprise 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 SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' 3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Cruz blocks amended resolution honoring Ginsburg over language about her dying wish 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 ZeldinDCCC reserves new ad buys in competitive districts, adds new members to 'Red to Blue' program Overnight Defense: House panel probes Pompeo's convention speech | UN council rejects US demand to restore Iran sanctions | Court rules against Pentagon policy slowing expedited citizenship The Hill's 12:30 Report: Republicans conduct in-person convention roll call 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.