Deutch: Trump’s Statement on Jewish Voters ‘Outrageous,’ ‘Offensive,’ and ‘Dangerous’

On Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL) said President Trump’s statement that Jewish people who vote Democrat show “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty” is “outrageous, it’s offensive, and it’s dangerous.”

Deutch said, “It’s outrageous, it’s offensive, and it’s dangerous. I don’t know who the president is talking about. Is he suggesting we’re being disloyal to him? Is he suggesting that he knows what it means to be loyal to my religion? The president needs to stop dividing people. He needs to stop doing this — using this kind of rhetoric. … I went to the House floor in March, and I tried to explain to my colleagues what it means, what it has meant throughout the history of the Jewish people when charges of dual loyalty are leveled against Jews. Now, to find myself having to explain to the president of the United States what it means when someone suggests that the Jews are being disloyal and what that has meant to the Jewish community throughout history, it sows — it creates an environment that puts Jews at risk. The president should know that. It is outrageous. I condemn it. And frankly, everyone who cares about our democracy ought to condemn the president’s words today as well.”

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