Gabby Orr | CNN
Former President Donald Trump said in a recent interview that American Jews “either don’t like Israel or don’t care about Israel,” and suggested that Evangelical Christians “love Israel more than Jews in this country.”
Trump’s comments are the latest in a series of scandalous remarks he is known to have made about American Jews. During his first presidential campaign, Trump gave the Republican Jewish Coalition a speech rife with anti-Semitic stereotypes. Most recently, he told conservative radio host Ari Hoffman that “Israel literally owned Congress … 10 years ago, 15 years ago … and today it is almost the opposite.”
Speaking with Israeli journalist Barak Ravid during a sit-down interview earlier this year, part of which was broadcast on Friday in the podcast “Unholy: Two Jews in the News,” the former president said, “This is happening very dangerous.” because he argued that American Jews turned their backs on Israel.
“There are Jews in this country who no longer love Israel,” Trump said. “I’ll tell you, Evangelical Christians love Israel more than Jews in this country.”
Trump surpassed both of his Democratic rivals – Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden – with white evangelical voters in 2016 and 2020 and is currently considering a third point for president in 2024. In a conversation with Ravid, Trump blamed Biden and former President Barack Obama for what he perceives. as a weakening of Israel’s influence on elected US officials.
“It used to be that Israel had absolute power over Congress, but today I think the opposite is true. And I think Obama and Biden did it, ”Trump said. “And yet, in the elections, they still receive many votes from the Jewish people. This tells you that the Jewish people, and I said this a long time ago, the Jewish people in the United States either don’t like Israel or don’t care. “
In the same interview, Trump suggested that The New York Times “hates Israel,” although “they are the Jews who run The New York Times.” (For decades, the newspaper was owned by the Sulzberger family, although its employees, including the leading editors, belong to different professions.)
A Trump spokesman could not be reached for comment.
Ravid was among several journalists who interviewed the former president at his Mar-a-Lago and Bedminster clubs shortly after he left office in January. During an interview with Ravid, the former president also said that he has not spoken to former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since congratulating Biden on his 2020 victory last November.
“Fuck him,” Trump said of Netanyahu, according to the Axios report.
“The first one to congratulate [Biden] there was Bibi Netanyahu, a man for whom I did more than any other person with whom I dealt … Bibi could have kept silent. He made a terrible mistake, ”Trump said.