In a speech delivered on Thursday in West Palm Beach, Florida, Donald Trump made comments that sounded very familiar. He accuses Hillary Clinton of being in the pocket of “bankers”. While he never mentioned Jews specifically in the speech, he comes pretty close while saying the following:
Hillary Clinton meets in secret with international banks to plot the destruction of U.S. sovereignty in order to enrich these global financial powers, her special interest friends and her donors.
The quote was later tweeted out by Trump’s team and the language closely resembles rhetoric historically used to target and scapegoat Jews. This doesn’t mean that Trump is anti-Semitic; however, he should be held accountable for the anti-Semitic nature of his language last week. It begs the question of who Trump is blaming for the fall in his polls.
Ron Kampeas writes an excellent article in JTA that features Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, and his response to Trump.
“@TeamTrump should avoid rhetoric and tropes that historically have been used against Jews and still spur #antisemitism,” Greenblatt said. “Let’s keep hate out of campaign.”
This is not the first time that Trump has come so close to calling out American Jewry. Remember back in July when he posted a picture of Hillary Clinton over a Jewish Star with the words, “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!”
Perhaps the most shocking part is that the Republican Jewish Coalition continues to remain silent on Trump’s candidacy even after his comments last week.