Former President Donald Trump has stirred the pot yet again! This time, during the solemn Jewish festival of Rosh Hashanah. A recent post on his Truth Social platform has garnered massive backlash, with many labeling it as outright antisemitic.
Newsweek revealed that Trump boldly pointed fingers at “liberal Jews,” accusing them of trying to “destroy America and Israel.” This bombshell claim isn’t Trump’s first brush with controversy concerning Jewish voters. Back in 2019, he faced criticism for suggesting that Jews voting for Democrats showed “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
But it doesn’t end there. Along with his contentious Rosh Hashanah post, Trump shared a flyer promoting his pro-Israel actions. Interestingly, the flyer posed the question: “What Natzi [sic] /Anti-Semite ever did this for the Jewish people or Israel?”
The reactions were swift and fierce. Journalist Mehdi Hasan said, “Even by Trumpian antisemitic standards, this is pretty disgusting.” Others, like the liberal outlet Midas Touch, described the message as “full-on Nazi stuff.”
Prominent voices in the Jewish community, like Amy Spitalnick from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, are expressing deep concern over this divisive and, in their view, antisemitic rhetoric.
While Trump’s supporters see his remarks as candid political expression, critics fear such rhetoric, especially when aimed at specific religious groups, sows further division in an already polarized nation.