He then invoked the slur that Jews are hyper-focused on money, telling the crowd that to protect their money they will vote for him -- falsely claiming
that 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren's proposed "wealth tax" will take "100% of your wealth away." He added, "You're not going to vote for the wealth tax... you're going to be my biggest supporters because you'll be out of business in about 15 minutes."
And he went one step further, saying that
Jewish people in the real estate business he knows "very well, you're brutal killers. You're not nice people at all, but you have to vote for me."
The condemnation of Trump's words was swift. Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg tweeted
, "It's not even coded antisemitism. It's not a dog whistle. He's saying this. Out loud. To a room full of Jews."
Journalist Emily Tamkin tweeted
that Trump's view that, "Jews won't vote for the candidate who wants a wealth tax because Jews are all about wealth" is "an old trope often used to justify violent discrimination."
And Aaron Keyak, a former head of the National Jewish Democratic Council, called Trump's words
"dangerous," adding, "Trump's insistence on using anti-Semitic tropes when addressing Jewish audiences is dangerous and should concern every member of the Jewish community -- even Jewish Republicans."
But where are the Republicans denouncing Trump's use of these anti-Semitic tropes? There's zero doubt that if Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the two Muslim women in Congress, had uttered anything even close to those comments, the Republican Party would've been up in arms.
In fact, earlier this year, when Omar invoked an anti-Semitic trope -- saying American politicians support for Israel was fueled by money from the pro-Israel lobby -- she was met
with a chorus of criticism by Republican, along with many Democrats. Omar later apologized for the comment.
The GOP's silence thus far is even more concerning given the documented spike
in anti-Semitic hate crimes we've seen over the past year. As the FBI recently reported, in 2018, Jews were the overwhelming target
of religious-based hate crimes. This includes the horrific attack in October 2018 at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 Jews were killed by a man who blamed Jews
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