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U.S. President Donald Trump, in a series of bizarre Wednesday morning tweets, quoted praise from a conservative radio host who referred to him as the "King of Israel" and renewed his attacks on Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib.
The Twitter storm follows Trump's latest controversy on Tuesday when he claimed that American Jewish people who vote for Democrats show “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
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Those Trump’s comments were quickly rebuked by U.S. Jewish groups who released statements calling for Trump to stop his divisive rhetoric. “Enough Mr. President. American Jews – like all Americans – have a range of political views. Your assessment of their knowledge or loyalty, based on their party preference, is divisive, disrespectful, and unwelcome. Please stop,” the American Jewish Committee wrote in a direct plea to Trump.
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Trump’s claim triggered a quick uproar from critics who said the Republican president was trading in anti-Semitic stereotypes. It came amid Trump’s ongoing feud with Democratic congresswomen Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Tlaib of Michigan, both Muslim.
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Trump took no heed of those comments and instead doubled down on Wednesday morning with a fresh attack on Democratic congresswoman Rashida Tlaib. Trump wrote, “Rep. Tlaib wants to cut off aid to Israel. This is the new face the of Democrat Party? Read the AOC PLUS 3 statements on their hatred of Jews and Israel. Check out Rep. Omar (the great people of Minnesota won’t stand for this).”
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