“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,” Trump wrote on Twitter, attributing the words to conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root.
Root has long used his platform to spread conspiracy theories, ranging from the debunked belief that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States to an unfounded claim that a mass shooting at a 2017 Las Vegas music festival was a “coordinated Muslim terror attack.”
“And the Jewish people in Israel love him like he’s the King of Israel,” the quote continued. “They love him like he is the second coming of God.”
The concept of a “second coming of God” is central to many denominations of Christianity, but is not a part of Judaism.
….like he’s the King of Israel. 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…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2019
The quote continued by echoing similar rhetoric to Trump’s Wednesday comments on American Jews, when the president said Jewish Democrats show, “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
“But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore,” the tweet continued. “It makes no sense!”
Trump’s Wednesday comments led to a response from Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.
“It’s unclear who [the president] is claiming Jews would be ‘disloyal’ to, but charges of disloyalty have long been used to attack Jews,” Greenblatt wrote, urging against the use of Jews as “a political football.”
It’s unclear who @POTUS is claiming Jews would be “disloyal” to, but charges of disloyalty have long been used to attack Jews. As we’ve said before, it's possible to engage in the democratic process w/o these claims. It's long overdue to stop using Jews as a political football.
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) August 20, 2019
Despite Trump’s protestations, the overwhelming majority of Jewish American voters are Democratic Party voters. Pew Research Center exit poll analysis found 71 percent of Jewish voters supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. In the 2018 midterm elections, 79 percent of Jewish voters supported Democratic candidates.