From the New York Times news section:
Uh, I think that headline is missing a couple of important words: “to Israel”. The point, of course, of the headline is to rile up Jewish Democrats into imagining that Trump was anti-Semitically accused them of being disloyal to America, when he was pro-Semitically accusing them of not being loyal enough to Israel.
Shouldn’t the controversy be instead over why the President is criticizing American citizens for not being loyal enough to a foreign power?
Yeah, I know, my brain hurts, too.
By Julie Hirschfeld Davis
Aug. 20, 2019, Updated 9:34 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Tuesday that any Jewish person who votes for a Democrat is guilty of ignorance or “great disloyalty,” intensifying his efforts to drive in a partisan wedge over religion and support for Israel even as he appeared to draw on an anti-Semitic trope.
Is “trope” the 2019 Word of the Year? Is it because it’s alliterative with “Trump?”
Mr. Trump did not go into specifics about what he considered to be Jews’ disloyalty, but his language echoed the anti-Semitic smear that Jews are more devoted to Israel than they are to their own country, an accusation that goes as far back as the Roman Empire and is now used by white nationalists.
Mr. Trump’s comments were the latest turn in a toxic controversy over religion and politics that erupted last week after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, at the president’s urging, barred an official visit to Israel by the first two Muslim women in Congress, Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, both Democrats. The two have been harshly critical of Israel.
The move prompted condemnation from diplomats and analysts across the political spectrum that in Mr. Trump’s zeal to curry favor with Jewish voters and tighten his alliance with Mr. Netanyahu, he risked endangering the bipartisan support of Israel that has long existed in the United States, the country’s most reliable ally.
“It’s unclear who @POTUS is claiming Jews would be ‘disloyal’ to,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, said on Twitter, using a common acronym to refer to the president of the United States, “but charges of disloyalty have long been used to attack Jews.”
Logan Bayroff, the communications director for J Street, a progressive Jewish organization, said: “It is dangerous and shameful for President Trump to attack the large majority of the American Jewish community as unintelligent and ‘disloyal.’ But it is no surprise that the president’s racist, disingenuous attacks on progressive women of color in Congress have now transitioned into smears against Jews.”
Finally, in the 8th paragraph, the NYT prints the quote from Trump, which finally makes it perfectly obvious that Trump was talking about loyalty to Israel.
“Where has the Democratic Party gone?” Mr. Trump said in the Oval Office, at the tail end of a freewheeling round of comments to reporters during a visit by the president of Romania. “Where have they gone where they are defending these two people over the state of Israel? And I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
The remark was the latest from a president who has a history of language that stokes racial and religious divisions, some of which have surfaced recently in the statements and writings of deranged people bent on committing violence.
As opposed to the New York Times, which constantly explains to People of Color that white people aren’t actually to blame for their problems.