Donald Trump has spent the past week attacking four nonwhite Democratic Congresswomen with every racist trope he can think of. He told them to “go back” to where they came from. He told them that if they don’t like it here, “you can leave.” He goaded his supporters into chanting “send her back.” Along the way, Trump has tried to cover his tracks by doing what racists often do: accusing his targets of hating Israel.
The whole thing is an absurd misnomer to begin with. Donald Trump only got 24% of the Jewish vote in 2016, while his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton received 71% of the Jewish vote, which is how these things tend to go. Most Jewish voters have no interest in the bigotry that the Republican Party is selling.
Yet because right wing evangelical voters consistently justify their bigotry against Muslims by pretending to give a damn about Jews, people like Trump and the Republican Party court the evangelical vote by also pretending to care about Jews. It’s why Trump keeps falsely claiming that the four Democratic Congresswomen “hate Israel.” The trouble for Trump is that he’s the one with the history of antisemitism.
During the 2016 election, Donald Trump retweeted someone who had also tweeted an image of Jewish candidate Bernie Sanders in a gas chamber. And on April 24th of 2013, Trump posted this tweet, in which he clearly attacked Jon Stewart for being Jewish: “I promise you that I’m much smarter than Jonathan Leibowitz – I mean Jon Stewart @TheDailyShow. Who, by the way, is totally overrated.” Donald Trump is the antisemite here. Mainstream Americans see it. Jewish voters see it. Everyone outside Trump’s deranged racist cult sees it. This tweet proves it.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report