Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer Sanders blasts Trump for picking 'completely unqualified' Pence for coronavirus response Trump passes Pence a dangerous buck Democratic mega-donor reaching out to Pelosi, Schumer in bid to stop Sanders: report MORE (D-N.Y.), the highest-ranking Jewish member of Congress, on Wednesday blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Congress eyes billion to billion to combat coronavirus Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary MORE’s remarks that Jewish people who vote for Democrats are “disloyal.”

“To my fellow American Jews, particularly those who support @realDonaldTrump: When he uses a trope that’s been used against the Jewish people for centuries with dire consequences, he is encouraging—wittingly or unwittingly—anti-Semites throughout the country and world. Enough,” Schumer tweeted.

ADVERTISEMENT

Numerous left-leaning Jewish groups condemned Trump’s remarks Tuesday, in which he accused Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBill banning menthol in cigarettes divides Democrats, with some seeing racial bias Progressive group leader describes why Warren would be better than Sanders Omar offers sneak peek at her forthcoming memoir MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBill banning menthol in cigarettes divides Democrats, with some seeing racial bias Omar offers sneak peek at her forthcoming memoir Sanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group MORE (D-Mich.) of anti-Semitism and also said that “Jewish people that vote for a Democrat — I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”

Trump did not explicitly state who he believed Jewish Democrats were “disloyal” to, but Jewish Democratic Council of America Executive Director Halie Soifer said, “If this is about Israel, then Trump is repeating a dual loyalty claim, which is a form of anti-Semitism. If this is about Jews being ‘loyal’ to him, then Trump needs a reality check.”

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBloomberg: 'I'm going to stay right to the bitter end' of Democratic primary race The Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary MORE (I-Vt.), the only Jewish candidate seeking the Democratic nomination for president, also excoriated the statement, saying Tuesday at a Sioux City, Iowa, rally, “I am a proud Jewish person, and I have no concerns about voting Democratic.”