Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTensions rise in Senate's legislative 'graveyard' 2020 Republicans accuse Schumer of snubbing legislation Schumer: Leadership trying to work out competing surprise medical bill measures MORE (D-N.Y.), the highest-ranking Jewish member of Congress, on Wednesday blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate 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.

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Numerous left-leaning Jewish groups condemned Trump’s remarks Tuesday, in which he accused Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBooker responds to Onion article mocking Buttigieg over stock photo Hillicon 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 MORE (D-Minn.) and 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.) 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 SandersFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate 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.”