Schumer: Trump 'redefined chutzpah' by calling Dems an 'anti-Jewish party'

Schumer: Trump 'redefined chutzpah' by calling Dems an 'anti-Jewish party'
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar Why we need to build gateway now MORE (D-N.Y.) hammered President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE on Friday for calling Democrats an “anti-Jewish party,” pointing to his widely criticized response to the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017.

“For the president, who when neo-Nazis marched in Charlottesville in front of a synagogue and said ‘burn it down’ and he said ‘both sides’ are to blame, this is a new divisive low,” Schumer wrote in a Facebook post. 

“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.” 

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Schumer's pushback came after Trump slammed House Democrats on Friday after they introduced and passed a resolution condemning a wide range of discrimination rather than singling out Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar controversy has not shifted Jews away from Dem Party, left-leaning Jewish advocate says Jewish voters share Dem values, says left-leaning Jewish advocate Omar slams U.S. war in Iraq on anniversary of invasion MORE (D-Minn.) for comments she made about pro-Israel groups that were widely condemned as anti-Semitic.

Omar’s remarks threw the House Democratic Caucus into turmoil, with some Jewish members calling for legislation that named Omar and focused solely on anti-Semitism, while Omar’s progressive allies pushed for a broader resolution in light of threats the Minnesota Democrat, who is Muslim, has faced. The progressives ultimately prevailed, rankling some of the conference’s moderates. 

“I thought yesterday’s vote by the House was disgraceful,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party. They’ve become an anti-Jewish party.”

Trump’s comments Friday drew widespread rebukes from Democrats, who suggested he was exploiting claims of anti-Semitism for his own political benefit.

“I condemn the use of anti-Semitism by my colleagues, Democrat and Republican, AND by your campaign,” Rep. Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Dems push Pelosi on bill allowing federal funding of abortion | Key Republican says Dems left him out of drug pricing talks | Court upholds Ohio law to defund Planned Parenthood | Trump taps acting FDA chief Schumer: Trump 'redefined chutzpah' by calling Dems an 'anti-Jewish party' Son of missing ex-FBI agent says Trump's sanctions will help bring father home MORE (D-Fla.) tweeted in response to Trump. “This isn’t political. It’s life and death. Please stop.”

Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinDems struggle to turn page on Omar controversy Schumer: Trump 'redefined chutzpah' by calling Dems an 'anti-Jewish party' Trump: Dems an 'anti-Jewish' party MORE (D-Md.) added that Trump was “lucky” he was not singled out himself in the House resolution in light of controversial comments he has made.

The president was broadly condemned for his comments about the 2017 Charlottesville clashes, in which he appeared to equivocate between neo-Nazis and counterprotesters.

“You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people on both sides,” Trump said at the time.

White supremacist marchers chanted “Jews will not replace us” and carried Nazi and confederate flags before the violent clashes, which killed one counterprotester, began.