US President Donald Trump on Friday accused the Democratic Party of becoming “anti-Jewish”, after heated debates provoked by the comments of a Muslim elected on the US support for Israel.
The House of Representatives, now dominated by Democrats, on Thursday approved a resolution condemning speech of “hatred” but not specifically denouncing the words of Ilhan Omar, the only elected Congress to wear the Islamic veil.
For the tenant of the White House, which multiplies the attacks against this young girl of Minnesota whose statements arouse tensions within the Democratic family, this vote was “a shame”.
“The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party, they have become an anti-Jewish party, and that’s unfortunate,” he said from the White House gardens before flying to Alabama, Southern state that was the scene of deadly tornadoes.
The Republican billionaire has in the past been accused of peddling stereotypes about the Jewish community. And his equivocal remarks after clashes between anti-racist and neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville in 2017, when he had declared seeing people “on both sides”, had caused a real discomfort in his own camp.