“I think Jewish people that vote for a Democrat — I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." - Donald Trump, August 20, 2019
“[Rep. Tlaib] hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!” - Donald Trump, August 20, 2019
As American Jews and allies, let’s be clear: Trump is putting Jews in danger to stir up his white nationalist base.
Claiming Jews are disloyal — that we are not full Americans — is a centuries-old antisemitic trope designed to isolate and endanger Jewish people.
We know who mainstreamed antisemitic conspiracy theories that motivated the shooters in Pittsburgh and Poway: Trump.
We know who incites violence against Jewish people, immigrants, Muslim, Black, and Latinx people, people with disabilities, women, LGBTQ folks, indigenous nations, and so many more of our friends and family: Trump.
We know who puts children in cages, separates infants from their parents, and denies due process for asylum seekers: Trump.
We know exactly who he is. And we know who we are.
We are loyal to human dignity: welcoming immigrants and refugees and asylum seekers, no children in cages, no families separated.
We are loyal to the promise of this country: a vibrant, multiracial democracy where all are represented and counted and loved.
We are loyal to equality and justice: for all.
We are loyal to each other.
If that’s being disloyal, then we are proudly disloyal to President Trump and the white nationalist agenda he represents.