Aug 21, 2019

Trump doubles down on American Jewish "disloyalty" comments

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President Trump doubled down on comments he made yesterday regarding Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats, saying Wednesday, "You’re being disloyal to Jewish people and you’re being very disloyal to Israel."

The big picture: The “dual loyalty” charge has historically been used to allege "that Jews should be suspected of being disloyal neighbors or citizens because their true allegiance is to their coreligionists around the world or to a secret and immoral Jewish agenda," according to the Anti-Defamation League.

What they're saying:

  • The Jewish Democratic Council of America asserted that Trump was trying to "weaponize and politicize anti-Semitism" for political gain.
  • Trump denied that his comments were anti-Semitic, telling a reporter: "It's only anti-Semitic in your head."

Context: Before leaving for Louisville, Kentucky, where Trump is expected to speak at a veteran's convention later on Wednesday, he again disavowed "The Squad," which includes Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

  • Trump told reporters on Tuesday that he didn't "buy" Tlaib's emotional state at a press conference where she addressed Israel's decision to bar her entry into the country.

Go deeper: Trump builds 2020 support with Republican Jewish Coalition

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Protests for George Floyd continue for 10th day

Thousands of protesters march over the Brooklyn Bridge on June 4 in New York City. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

All four former Minneapolis police officers have been charged for George Floyd’s death and are in custody, including Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, who were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

The latest: A man in Buffalo, New York bled out of one ear and lay motionless on the ground after police pushed him backward at a protest. He was later taken to the hospital and appeared to be alert, per a local reporter on the scene. Officers arrested five people during the protests in Niagara Square, a Buffalo Police Department statement noted.

Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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The president vs. the Pentagon

Trump visits Mattis and the Pentagon in 2018. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.