Last week, we told you about Israel’s outrageous decision to bar Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering the Palestinian territories (AAI President Jim Zogby wrote a piece about it, and Deputy Director Omar Baddar talked to MSNBC about it). But a strike of incredible irony befell Trump while he was attempting to smear the Congresswomen with false charges of anti-Semitism: He exposed his own anti-Semitism by accusing American Jews who vote for Democrats of “disloyalty.” When Trump caught flak for his outrageous comments, he doubled-down in the most hilarious and disturbing way possible: He quoted a kooky conspiracy theorist who said Barack Obama was a “Manchurian candidate” and a gay Muslim (Trump always has the best of friends). This kook weighed in to claim that Israelis loved Trump like he was “the king of Israel” and “the second coming of God,” and pretty much deemed American Jews either dumb or ungrateful for not loving Trump as much. These aren’t side comments from the kook’s past, these are the ones Trump quoted to respond to the fallout from his own comments. We’d end on a joke about the sheer stupidity of this, but don’t want to make light of this assault on the American Jewish community. “Dual loyalty” is an ugly anti-Semitic trope, and it’s pathetic to see those who falsely leveled that charge at Tlaib and Omar turn around and trivialize it when Trump employs it.

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