Trump’s attack on congressional women of color weaponizes hate, anti-Semitism and Israel

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Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) respond to President Trump saying they should “go back” to the counties they came from. (photo:  MSNBC)
Trump’s hate rhetoric should sound familiar and concerning.

By Richard Silverstein  |  Tikun Olam |  Jul 15, 2019

All this is not very far from the attitude of many Israeli Jews toward the Palestinian minority.

In his latest Twitter assault, Pres. Trump again targeted ‘The Squad’ (two of whose members are Muslim-American and two of whom are Black), the progressive Congressional women of color. His comments have taken an even more ugly twist in the past few hours, as he’s targeted Rep. Ilhan Omar claiming that she is anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and that she supports al Qaeda. Here’s what he said about the Minnesota Representative:

“If somebody has a problem with our country, if somebody doesn’t want to be in our country, they should leave,” he said. “Let me just tell you, when you look at her statements about al Qaeda, when you look at her statements about people…”

“I don’t know who’s going to miss them, but maybe somebody will,” Trump said after the event, again indicating Omar prefers al Qeada [sic] over the United States…He blasted Omar for “being from Somalia,” contending she “hates Jews” and “loves al Qaeda….and [that] “these are people who hate our country,”

When asked if there have been any internal discussions in the West Wing about taking steps to ensure Omar’s safety, a White House official replied, “I’ll get back to you.”

American Jews have struck back, claiming that Trump is weaponizing Israel in a fight that should be restricted to solely domestic politics…

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