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 SchumerTrump defends 'crime buster' Giuliani amid reported probe Louisiana voters head to the polls in governor's race as Trump urges GOP support Trump urges Louisiana voters to back GOP in governor's race then 'enjoy the game' MORE (D-N.Y.) hammered President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Louisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff Lawmakers focus their ire on NBA, not China 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 OmarThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — Ex-Ukraine ambassador testifies Trump pushed for her ouster The Hill's Morning Report — Arrest of Giuliani associates triggers many questions Trump attacks Omar as 'America-hating socialist' at Minnesota rally 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 DeutchHouse Ethics Committee reviewing two GOP lawmakers over campaign finance House Ethics panel reviewing Tlaib over campaign salary Gun epidemic is personal for lawmakers touched by violence MORE (D-Fla.) tweeted in response to Trump. “This isn’t political. It’s life and death. Please stop.”

Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinOversight panel to subpoena Trump officials next week over deportation deferrals Democrats plow ahead as Trump seeks to hobble impeachment effort Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to testify on Libra | Extremists find home on Telegram app | Warren blasts Facebook for not removing anti-Biden ad | California outlaws facial recognition in police body cameras | China rips US tech sanctions 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.