Donald Trump has promoted a claim that Jewish people in Israel love him like he is the “king” of the country and “the second coming of God”.
“President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world…and the Jewish people in Israel love him like he’s the King of Israel,” Trump tweeted. quoting Wayne Allyn Root, a conservative radio host known for promoting conspiracy theories.
“They love him like he is the second coming of God…But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense!”
“But that’s OK if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s good for all Jews, Blacks, Gays, everyone. And importantly, he’s good for everyone in America who wants a job.”
Trump added his own comment at the end: “Wow!”
The extraordinary series of tweets, including the claim American Jews “don’t even know what they’re doing”, came after the US president appeared to use an antisemitic trope when he suggested on Tuesday Jews who oppose him are “disloyal” to Israel.
It came during an attack on Democratic congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, who was barred by Israel last week from visiting for an official trip over their support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
“Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they are defending these two people over the state of Israel?” said Trump, who had previously urged Israel to keep the Muslim congresswomen out of the country.
“I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
On Wednesday, he doubled down on his claims when he sent a follow-up tweet accusing Ms. Tlaib of wanting to “cut off aid to Israel”.
Ms. Tlaib and Ms. Omar have both said they support the use of boycotts to pressure governments – including Israel’s – over human rights abuses.