Never one to miss an opportunity to get his hate on, Donald Trump on Tuesday demanded Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) resign over her unfortunate “all about the Benjamins” comment. Calling her well-received apology “lame,” Trump complained, “Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress. I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the Foreign Affairs Committee.”
But if Trump is worried about the propagation of anti-Semitic tropes, he should start by looking in the mirror. After all, from proclaiming that Jewish groups buy politicians and declaring that Jewish Americans have conflicting loyalties, to warning of an all-powerful global Jewish banking power structure, Donald Trump has often sounded like the audiobook narrator for The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
Consider, for example, the president’s well-wishes to the Jewish Americans who joined him at the White House to celebrate Hanukkah on December 6, 2018. Trump announced, “We renew our gratitude for those amazing blessings and we reaffirm our unbreakable solidarity with the Jewish people.” He continued, “I want to thank Vice President Mike Pence. A tremendous supporter — (applause) — a tremendous supporter of yours. And Karen. And they go there and they love your country. They love your country. And they love this country. That’s a good combination, right?”
To be sure, suggesting to American Jews that their nation is anything other than the United States of America is insulting. But it’s not as if the 45th president of the United States said that Jews bought and paid for political power. At least, not on that day.
That came three years earlier, when candidate Donald Trump was wooing a gathering of Jewish Republicans.