President Trump spent Tuesday morning accusing a Democratic congresswoman of hating “Israel and all Jewish people,” and when asked about that his remark during an Oval Office appearance on Tuesday, he doubled down.
Speaking to reporters, Trump slammed the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, which encourages boycotts against Israel as a protest against Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and other issues in the broader Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“Five years ago, the concept of even talking about this … of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people that hate Israel and hate Jewish people — I can’t believe we’re even having this conversation,” Trump said.
He went on to add, “Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they’re defending these two people over the state of Israel? And I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
TRUMP: "I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat — I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." pic.twitter.com/I2lqFYTgXq
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 20, 2019
His Oval Office remarks followed a Tuesday morning tweet in which he wrote that Congresswoman Rashida 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!”
Tlaib and fellow Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar were both banned from entering Israel, though the nation later said they would allow Tlaib to enter to visit her grandmother if she agreed to certain preconditions on her activities. They are the first Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress and have been frequent targets of President Trump both on his Twitter feed and in his rallies.
A Pew Research Center analysis of 2016 exit poll data found 71 percent of Jewish voters cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton, with just 24 percent voting for Trump.