WASHINGTON, D.C.— Republican frontrunner Donald Trump said Monday that his daughter Ivanka is about to have a “beautiful Jewish baby” while affirming his support for Israel.
Speaking at a conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington, D.C., Trump pointed out that his own grandchild will be Jewish.
“I’ve received some of my greatest honors from Israel. My father before me. Incredible. My daughter Ivanka is about to have a beautiful Jewish baby. In fact, it could be happening right now which would be very nice as far as I’m concerned,” Trump said.
Ivanka is due to give birth any day now. Her husband, Jared Kushner, is Jewish, and Ivanka Trump converted to the Jewish faith.
Trump earned an ecstatic response at the AIPAC gathering, where he promised not to “pander” about Israel like all-talk and no-action politicians. Trump said of a potential Israeli-Palestinian peace deal:
President Obama thinks that applying pressure to Israel will force the issue, but it’s exactly the opposite that happens. Already half of the population of Palestine has been taken over by the Palestinian ISIS in Hamas and the other half refuses to confront the first half, so it’s a very difficult situation that’s never going to get solved unless you have great leadership right here in the United States. We’ll get it solved, one way or the other. We will get it solved.
“We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem,” Trump said to a massive semi-standing ovation.
Many of the anti-Trump protesters outside the event in Chinatown were also opposed to AIPAC and carried signs or made chants for a free Palestine or railed against America funding “Israel’s crime.”
One protester held a sign that read “Bern #AIPAC.”