President Trump clarified his much-discussed comments yesterday that American Jews who vote for Democrats are being disloyal to Israel Wednesday on the White House lawn.
"It's only anti-Semitic in your head." pic.twitter.com/7TfoAHBQ0O— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) August 21, 2019
REPORTER: Yesterday you said that American Jews who vote for Democrats are disloyal. To whom are they being disloyal, sir? Is that an anti-Semitic trope?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: I have been responsible for a lot of great things for Israel. One of them was moving the embassy to Jerusalem, making Jerusalem the capital of Israel, one of them was Golan Heights, one of them frankly is Iran. Iran is a very far weakened nation, much different, hopefully, something works out. We'll see if it happens, it happens. Wait a minute, wait. No president has ever done anywhere close to what I've done between Golan Heights, Jerusalem, Iran, and other things. Excuse me. Wait a minute. No president has done what I've done.
We have a group, I call it AOC-plus-three. You can call the person Representative Tlaib, you can say, Representative Omar, you could any way you want to go. They are anti-Semites, they are against Israel. She had a plan to greatly embarrass Israel by going there with the fact that she wanted to see her grandmother. I assume that's true. I hope that's true. But it was very bad. The things that she and others of that group and other Democrats have said. And they have become the face of the Democratic Party. And I will tell you this. In my opinion, the Democrats have gone very far away from Israel. I cannot understand how they can do that. They don't want to fund Israel. They want to take away foreign aid to Israel. They want to do a lot of bad things to Israel.
In my opinion, if you vote for a Democrat. You're being very disloyal to Jewish people and you're being very disloyal to Israel. And only weak people would say anything other than that.
REPORTER: Your critics have said that is an anti-Semitic remark.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: I haven't heard anybody say that. Just the opposite. I think if you vote for a Democrat, you're very, very disloyal to Israel and to the Jewish people.