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Michigan Jewish Dems condemn Trump for calling Jews ‘brutal killers’ and ‘not nice people at all’

By: - December 8, 2019 8:52 am

President Donald J. Trump at the G20 Japan Summit Saturday, June 29, 2019, in Osaka, Japan. | Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr Public Domain

President Donald Trump went on an anti-Semitic tirade on Saturday in Hollywood, Fla., while speaking to the Israeli American Council, as reported by the U.K.-based Independent and other media.

“A lot of you are in the real estate business because I know you very well; you’re brutal killers. You’re not nice people at all, but you have to vote for me. You have no choice,” Trump told the group, which is funded by Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas casino tycoon who’s a big supporter of the president.

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Trump went on to slam U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a potential 2020 rival for whom he routinely uses the racist slur “Pocahontas.”

“You’re not going to vote for Pocahontas; I can tell you that. You’re not going to vote for the wealth tax!” Trump said.

The president also said he “doesn’t like” many Jewish people, but warned that the Democrats’ fiscal policies will mean they’ll vote for him.

“Even if you don’t like me — some of you don’t, [and] some of you I don’t like at all actually — you’re going to be my biggest supporters because you’ll be out of business in about 15 minutes if they [the Democrats] get in,” he added.

The remarks have been condemned by many on social media. The Michigan Jewish Democrats issued a statement that the group is “repulsed” by Trump’s comments, calling him “the most antisemitic president this country has seen since Richard Nixon.”

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“When a president of the United States appears before an audience of American Jews and calls them ‘brutal killers’ and ‘not very nice people at all, what do you call it?” the group said. “When a president of the United States makes obscene references to conspiracies of Jewish wealth and power, and deems some Jews to be insufficiently loyal to the State of Israel, what do you call it?”

Trump is set to hold a “Merry Christmas” rally in Battle Creek on Dec. 18.

“As we brace for the Trump circus’ arrival in Battle Creek next week, I hope the message from Michigan’s Jews to the President is clear: it doesn’t matter how many Jewish grandchildren he has, nor how many unilateral concessions he makes to Israel; we are sick and tired of an antisemite living in the White House, and on November 3rd next year, we’re going to vote him out,” the Michigan Jewish Democrats concluded.

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 22-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQ+ people, the state budget, the economy and more. She previously served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 90 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 5,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 80 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two kids along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.