Trump says ‘Israel literally owns Congress’ in interview

Former US President Donald Trump said “Israel literally owned by Congress “in an interview with Ari Hoffman on Friday 570 KVI.

The quote can be found at 10: 27-11: 10

During the interview, Hoffman mentioned to Trump that he had bought kippah under the former president’s name and that when he asked the seller if they sold Joe Biden’s, they laughed.

Trump quickly went off on a tangent, saying the biggest change he had seen in Congress was the shift of power from lawmakers under the influence of Israel to anti-Israel politicians:

“Well, you know the biggest change I’ve seen in Congress is that Israel literally owned Congress – you understand that, 10 years ago, 15 years ago – and it was so powerful, it was so powerful, and today it’s almost the opposite, “Trump said.

The former president referred to certain left-wing progressives in Congress whom he accused of hating Israel. “You have – between AOC [Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez] and [Rep. Ilhan] Omar and these people who hate Israel, hate it with a passion, are controlling Congress and Israel is no longer a force in Congress, it’s … I mean, it’s just amazing. I’ve never seen a change like this, “he said.

“Israel had such power, and rightly so, over Congress, and now it doesn’t. It’s amazing, actually.”

Hoffman nodded throughout the non-sequitur, then responded, “It’s really a change we’re seeing within the Democratic Party,” before moving on to a question about Trump’s reopening strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump’s remarks echo an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that the so-called “Israel lobby,” often used as a euphemism for Jews, controls American policy to advance Israeli interests.

When Trump was in office, American Jews were polarized along ideological lines regarding support for the former president. Although the majority voted against him in both 2016 and 2020, many Orthodox and religious Jews supported his campaign. While his administration was seen as largely supportive of Israel and the right-wing government of then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump, viewed by many as a nationalist and a populist, was accused of courting or refusing to speak out against white supremacists and other members of the right. extremists within their political base who were hostile to Jews.

Neo-Nazis and white supremacists surround counter-protesters at the base of a Thomas Jefferson statue after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 11, 2017 (credit: SHAY HORSE / NURPHOTO VIA GETTY IMAGES / JTA)

During his presidency, Trump was known for implementing what were considered pro-Israel policies, such as his administration’s decisions to recognize various disputed regions, such as East Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, and relocate the country. . United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the entirety of which Israel considers its capital. Israel has kept these territories under civilian and military occupation since the 1967 Six Day War, which much of the international community, including the United Nations, claims is a violation of the Geneva Conventions.

The Trump administration also played a key role in organizing the Abraham Accords, a series of diplomatic agreements that promote the normalization of relations between Israel and neighboring Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

It’s also worth noting that Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner are Jewish.

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