Top Democrat Blasts Trump for 'Wading Right Into anti-Semitic Dual-loyalty Lie'

Jerrold Nadler, Democrat from New York, slammed U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent speech to the Jewish Republican Coalition

House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jerry Nadler in Washington, September 28, 2018
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U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Democrat from New York, slammed U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent speech to the Jewish Republican Coalition, saying that Trump “wades right into the anti-Semitic dual-loyalty lie.” During the speech Trump repeatedly referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “your prime minister,” while addressing the crowd of conservative American Jews.

Nadler tweeted on Monday, “ICYMI, @realDonaldTrump wades right into the anti-Semitic dual-loyalty lie.  I will continue to condemn anti-Semitism from the Right and Left.  Trump calls Netanyahu 'your prime minister' to crowd of American Jews”  

Trump warned on Saturday that a Democratic victory in 2020 could “leave Israel out there,” as he highlighted his pro-Israel actions in an effort to make the case for Jewish voters to back his reelection.

When he addressed the RJC in 2015 he said he didn’t expect to earn their support because he wouldn’t take their money. “You want to control your politicians, that’s fine,” Trump said at the time. Ultimately, the group and many of its donors backed Trump.

The group, backed by GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson, supported Trump’s 2016 campaign and is preparing to spend millions on his 2020 effort.

“I know that the Republican Jewish Coalition will help lead our party to another historic victory,” Trump said. “We need more Republicans. Let’s go, so we can win everything.”

Jewish voters in the U.S. have traditionally sided heavily with Democrats — and are often ideologically liberal — but Republicans are hoping to narrow the gap next year, in part as Trump cites actions that he says demonstrate support for Israel.

The Jewish Democratic Council of America on Saturday said American Jews leaving the Democratic Party are a Republican fantasy.

Associated Press contributed to this report