If anybody was wondering whether Donald Trump is prepared to let bygones be bygones when it comes to his outrageously inflammatory, racially-charged dispute with Muslim congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the answer is “definitely not”.
Last week, the president managed to compel Benjamin Netanyahu to ban Omar and Tlaib from entering Israel on a planned trip. The announcement came just weeks after Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer disappointed the White House by saying Israel would not use Israel’s anti-BDS law to prevent the two women from coming to the country “out of respect for the US Congress and the great alliance between Israel and America”.
Shortly before Netanyahu’s U-turn, Trump took to Twitter and declared Israel would be showing “weakness” if they allowed Omar and Tlaib in. “They hate Israel & all Jewish people”, Trump lied. (The controversy stems from the two women’s antagonistic stance towards the Israeli state’s human rights record, not to a deep-seated hatred of Jewish people.)
The highly unfortunate episode was the latest in Trump’s war of words with Omar and Tlaib, who he habitually slanders along with their “Squad sisters” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley, who blasted the president and Netanyahu in the wake of the controversy.
Fast forward less than a week, and Trump told reporters at the White House that any Jewish people who vote Democrat are either disloyal or stupid. Literally. Here is the clip, which is so abrasive as to be wholly laughable.
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“I think Jewish people that vote for a Democrat—I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty”, Trump said, donning a particularly offensive shade of orange face paint and sporting a blindingly yellow combover that was virtually indistinguishable from the chair he was sitting in.
Here’s Vanity Fair’s Bess Levin:
Oh yeah! Nothing like a good anti-Semitic trope about “dual loyalty” to reel in that Jewish vote! It’s a bit like when the former real-estate developer nabbed 8% of the black vote in 2016 by calling African Americans poor, uneducated, and unemployed. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!