President Donald Trump has come under fire from Jewish Americans and other critics who accused him of using “anti-Semitic tropes” to portray Jews as wealth obsessed people who will have no choice but to vote for him in 2020.
Trump’s offensive comments came in a speech to the Israeli American Council Saturday. He was discussing how he was able to establish the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem for less than $500,000 after being initially told they would need a budget of $2 billion during his approximately 45-minute speech, delivered in Hollywood, Florida.
“So we’re going to spend two billion, and one of them was going to buy a lousy location. A lot of you are in the real estate business because I know you very well. You’re brutal killers,” he told his Jewish audience to laughter.
“Not nice people at all. But you have to vote for me; you have no choice. You’re not going to vote for Pocahontas, I can tell you that,” Trump said referencing Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren who plans to increase taxes on the ultra-wealthy if she is elected.
She proposed a wealth tax of 2% on wealth between $50 million and $1 billion, and a 3% tax on wealth above $1 billion. On November 1, 2019, she also proposed an additional 3% surtax on wealth over $1 billion.
“You’re not going to vote for the wealth tax. ‘Yeah, let’s take 100 percent of your wealth away.’ No, no. Even if you don’t like me; some of you don’t. Some of you I don’t like at all, actually,” he continued to laughter. “And you’re going to be my biggest supporters because you’ll be out of business in about 15 minutes, if they get it. So I don’t have to spend a lot of time on that.”
The president also suggested during his speech that there are some American Jews who don’t “love Israel enough.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair