By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) A GOP lawmaker from New York defended President Donald Trump from Left-wing Democratic allegations of “anti-Semitism,” calling the characterization as “crazy” and noting that POTUS has been Israel’s greatest friend.
â€œThe president is being accused of anti-Semitism, which is crazy,â€ Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) toldÂ Fox Newsâ€™ Sandra Smith. â€œHe has shown so much love and support for Jews and the U.S.-Israel relationship. He has pursued policies, he has secured victories to strengthen that relationship, that alliance between the United States and Israel.â€
Trump, recall, is the U.S. president who not only promised to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem, but actually did so. Also, his daughter, Ivanka, converted to Judaism to marry her husband, Jared Kushner. Their three children are also being raised Jewish.
â€œThe president wants more people to vote for him next November after he spent an entire term fighting for all these wins, many of them were promises made by presidents in the past, presidential candidates in the past â€” they never followed through,â€ he continued, noting that Trump’s appeal this week to Jewish Democrats to leave the party of true anti-Semitism isn’t bigotry.
â€œWhether itâ€™s moving the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, opposing BDS and anti-Semitism here at home and abroad â€¦ withdrawing from the fatally flawed Iran nuclear deal, he has focused his entire first term in office towards these very important priorities for many Jews and non-Jews here in the United States,” Zeldin added.
The president recently criticized Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for their anti-Israel, anti-Semitic remarks and their support for the BDS movement, which seeks to rob Israel of investment and economic opportunity.
At the same time, he was criticizing the Democratic Party as a whole for providing a platform and home for rising anti-Semitism around the country.
â€œWhere has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where theyâ€™re defending these two people over the state of Israel?â€ Trump said regarding Tlaib and Omar. â€œI think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge of a great disloyalty.â€
As for Zeldin, he dismissed any suggestion by the establishment media and congressional Democrats that the president was suggesting Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats (and a majority do) were disloyal to the United States.
â€œThereâ€™s a long history with regards to that term â€˜loyaltyâ€™ or â€˜disloyaltyâ€™ where others with bad intent, with hatred, towards Israel and the Jews â€¦ thereâ€™s been an issue with the use of that word,â€ Zeldin said. â€œThe president, who as I said, is approaching this from a very different standpoint, he chose to use a word that I wouldnâ€™t use in that particular context.â€
â€œHeâ€™s being accused of anti-Semitism, which is just so not true,â€ he continued. â€œThe definition of anti-Semitism requires a hatred toward Jews, and heâ€™s shown that he has none of it. Literally his son-in-law, his daughter, his grandchildren are Jewish, and as I mentioned earlier, all of those policy victories.â€
â€œMeanwhile, on the otherside, the folks who are going after the president of the United States have empowered, elevated, been silenced,â€ Zeldin said. â€œOthers have backed up Tlaib and Omar, and others provided cover for it.â€
â€œNow that hypocrisy is one to call out, as well,â€ he added.
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