Former Independent Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, who was also once a Democrat, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the Democratic Party “is not an anti-Jewish party” but that it has members who say anti-Semitic things.
“The Democratic Party is not an anti-Jewish party, but there are some people in the party now, including in Congress as we’ve seen from Congresswoman Omar…who are saying explicitly anti-Semitic things,” Lieberman, who is Jewish, said in an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York.
Lieberman, a centrist who ran for vice president on Al Gore’s Democratic ticket in 2000, weighed in after President Trump this week continued promoting a “Jexodus” or push for a “Jewish exodus” from the Democratic Party.
“’Jewish people are leaving the Democratic Party. We saw a lot of anti Israel policies start under the Obama Administration, and it got worsts & worse. There is anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party. They don’t care about Israel or the Jewish people,’” Trump tweeted Tuesday, quoting activist Elizabeth Pipko.
He urged Jewish voters to become Republicans again on Friday, implying that Republicans have been more supportive of Israel.
“The ‘Jexodus’ movement encourages Jewish people to leave the Democrat Party. Total disrespect! Republicans are waiting with open arms,” he tweeted. “Remember Jerusalem (U.S. Embassy) and the horrible Iran Nuclear Deal!”
Trump’s and Lieberman’s comments were sparked by remarks by Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar. The freshman lawmaker sparked backlash when she equated support for Israel to allegiance with a foreign country. Her supporters said she was criticizing the Israel lobby, but opponents slammed her remark as playing into an anti-Semitic “dual loyalty” trope.