1.When people reference Jews, they could be talking about ethnic Jews — those born Jewish — or religious Jews.
2. Those born Jewish don’t have to have political “loyalties” in any direction. That’s pure identity politics. Such a supposition is no different or better than Ayanna Pressley saying “we don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice.”
3. American Jews, whether ethnic or religious, are loyal to America, not Israel. Any dual loyalty supposition is anti-Semitism.
4. Jewish belief and practice SHOULD make it more difficult to vote for a party that celebrates and champions Jew-haters like Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.
5. It’s utterly unclear if Trump’s “disloyalty” comments suggest (2) or (3), which would be anti-Semitic, or (4), which would be impolitic from a non-Jew, but true.
6. Trump’s “King of the Jews” comments are completely and utterly insane.
7. It’s incredible and disgusting to watch the same media firefighters who steadfastly ignored Omar and Tlaib trying to tour Israel with a group that pushed the blood libel
8. — and blamed the Jewish state for stopping that — now suddenly rediscovering anti-Semitism as soon as Trump’s name arises. You’re not fighting anti-Semitism if you’re not calling it out on all sides
9. BTW, I’m old enough to remember when Barack Obama told a black audience he would see it as a “personal insult, an insult to my legacy” if black Americans didn’t show up to vote for Hillary in 2016. Which sounds a lot like a call for personal loyalty to a specific ethnic group.