Trump thanks conspiracy theorist for defending comments
President Donald Trump reached for the praise of a conservative conspiracy theorist on Wednesday to defend him amid criticism over his questioning the loyalty of Jewish Democratic voters, something that was quickly criticized as anti-Semitic.
Trump shared quotes of Wayne Allyn Root’s praise, tweeting Wednesday morning: “President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world … and the Jewish people in Israel love him (…) like he’s the King of Israel.”
The tweets come a day after Trump got blowback from Jewish leaders for criticizing Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats, saying that “it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
Some argue that President was dabbling in the anti-Semitic trope of “dual loyalty,” which questions the loyalty of Jewish citizens. The comment was part of the President’s response to two Democratic congresswomen being barred for entering Israel over their support for a boycott against the country.
Trump has shared Root’s praise before, calling him “highly respected” in a November 2015 tweet and sharing several opinion pieces written by him over the years.
But Root, a Newsmax host and radio show host, has a history of promoting conspiracy theories and circulating false information. Root has said former President Barack Obama “was sent here to destroy this country.” He has claimed the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas was “clearly” a “coordinated Muslim terror attack” and that the deadly violence at protests in Charlottesville Virginia, was likely perpetrated by “paid actors <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>& infiltrators hired by” Democratic megadonor George Soros./pp”No conservative I’ve ever met commits violence,” he added./ppLess than a year after falsely blaming Islamic terror for the Las Vegas shooting, Root delivered opening remarks at a Trump rally in Las Vegas. At the time, Root a href=”https://twitter.com/RealWayneRoot/status/1042774929966477312″ target=”_blank”claimed/a he was “personally requested” to speak by the President./ppTrump reaffirmed his comments after he was asked about the criticism on Wednesday afternoon. He said Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats are “being very disloyal to Jewish people and … being very disloyal to Israel and only weak people would say anything other than that.”/ppDuring the 2018 midterm elections, Jewish Americans a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/12/politics/trump-jewish-americans-democratic-party/index.html” target=”_blank”voted for the Democratic Party by about a 3:1 margin/a. According to exit polls, only about 10% of Jewish voters identified as Republicans compared to 64% who identified as Democrats./ppCNN’s Harry Enten, Jim Acosta and Allie Malloy contributed to this report./p