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Rudy Giuliani says Jewish Democrats ARE disloyal to Israel for backing Tlaib and Omar

2019-08-23

In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, President Donald Trump, right, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani pose for photographs as Giuliani arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J.. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Rudy Giuliani backed President Trump on Wednesday for accusing Jewish Democrats of “disloyalty” to Israel and blasted the Anti-Defamation League for calling him out.

The ex-mayor told the Daily News that Trump was 100% correct when he slammed Jewish Democrats for siding with Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar in their feud with the Jewish state.

“Any number of my Jewish friends have said exactly the same thing,” Giuliani told the News. “It’s completely stupid. They say, ‘How can we vote for Democrats when they support the destruction of the state of Israel?’”

“(Trump) got their attention, that’s for sure,” said Giuliani, accusing Democrats of “blind loyalty to party.” “He raised the same question.”

Hizzoner reeled off a morning tweetstorm supporting the president and dismissing the controversy over the term “disloyalty," which echoes the anti-Semitic canard that Jews hold dual loyalty to both Israel and the U.S.

Curiously, Giuliani admitted that Trump was saying Jewish Democrats are being disloyal to Israel by refusing to distance themselves from Tlaib and Omar, who back an economic boycott against Israel.

“It’s obvious that he was referring to Israel,” Giuliani said. “He was talking about Tlaib and Omar, who support (the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement). BDS is economic warfare which aims at the destruction of the state of Israel.”

He called it common sense that Jews would avoid siding with critics who want to boycott Israel.

“You assume that Jewish people certainly seek the security of Israel and are against the destruction of the state of Israel,” he said. “But this makes you ask: How much do they care about Israel? If you are a Democrat, Jewish or otherwise, how can you say care about Israel if you support Tlaib and Omar?”

Trump also rejected criticism of his remarks.

“If you vote for a Democrat you are very, very disloyal to Israel and to the Jewish people,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a political trip to Kentucky.

Giuliani pushed back hard against ADL chief Jonathan Greenblatt, who blasted the “disloyalty” remark and chided Trump for "using Jews as a political football.”

“This anti-Semitic trope has been used to persecute Jews for centuries,” Greenblatt wrote.

Giuliani accused Greenblatt of “feigning ignorance” about Trump’s true intention in making the statement.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the highest-ranking Jewish member of Congress, also slammed Trump.

“He is encouraging—wittingly or unwittingly—anti-Semites throughout the country and world. Enough,” Schumer tweeted.

“It is deeply disturbing that the occupant of the most powerful office on earth refuses to stop spouting anti-Semitic rhetoric," added Aaron Keyak, former head of the National Jewish Democratic Council.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio lashed out at Trump’s remarks, saying “Trump is loyal to white supremacy.”

Referring to the Holocaust, de Blasio said calling on Jews to display “loyalty” was an anti-Semitic concept that “led to the death of SIX MILLION Jews.”