(JNS) U.S. President Donald Trump continued his criticism of Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who held a press conference this week to blast Israel’s decision to deny them entry from the country last week due to their support of the anti-Israel BDS movement.
He also questioned how Jewish voters could support the Democratic Party knowing the anti-Israel bias among certain members.
“Any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat—I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,” said Trump in remarks in the Oval Office following his meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.
Regarding the freshman Michigan congresswoman, Trump said, “Yesterday, I noticed for the first time, Tlaib with the tears. All of a sudden, she starts with tears. I don’t buy it. … I’ve seen her in a very vicious mood at campaign rallies … I saw a woman that was violent and vicious and out of control.”
The president added that “Omar is a disaster for Jewish people.”
However, Democratic strategists Mark Mellman and Aaron Keyak faulted Trump’s remark about Jews who support the left side of the political aisle.
“President Trump does not understand either democracy or American Jews. And he reveals that his professed commitment to Israel is based on politics not principle, ” said Mellman, CEO of Democratic Majority for Israel.
Keyak, a former head of the National Jewish Democratic Council, said, “Just because President Trump is deeply unpopular in our community is no reason to slander us with echoes of some of the most insidious attacks against our people. We’ve seen where this road has led before. I hope that either the president, or at least those around him, get him to stop.”