Former US president Donald Trump echoed an antisemitic conspiracy theory in an interview on the Ari Hoffman Show Friday.
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DONALD TRUMP has said on many occasions that he will be president for life.(photo credit: JONATHAN ERNST / REUTERS)
Former US president Donald Trump said “Israel literally owned Congress” in an interview with Ari Hoffman on 570 KVI Friday.
During the interview, Hoffman mentioned to Trump that he had bought yarmulkes with the former president’s name on them and that when he asked the vendor if they sold Joe Biden ones, they laughed.
Trump quickly went on a tangent, saying the biggest change he had seen in Congress was the shift of power from legislators under Israel’s influence to anti-Israel politicians:
“Well, you know the biggest change I’ve seen in Congress is 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 who he accused of hating Israel. “You have – between AOC [Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez] and [Rep. Ilhan] Omar and these people that hate Israel, they hate it with a passion – they’re controlling Congress and Israel is not a force in Congress anymore, it’s – I mean – it’s just amazing. I’ve never seen such a change,” he said.
“Israel had such power – and rightfully – over Congress, and now it doesn’t. It’s incredible, actually.”
Hoffman nodded throughout the non-sequitur, then replied, “it’s really a shift we’re seeing inside the Democrat Party,” before segueing to a question about Trump’s reopening strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump’s statements seem to echo an antisemitic conspiracy theory that the so-called “Israel lobby,” often used as a euphemism for Jews, controls US politics in order to promote Israeli interests.
When Trump was in office, Jewish Americans were polarized along ideological lines regarding support for the former president. Though the overall majority voted against him in both 2016 and 2020, many religiously observant and Orthodox Jews supported his campaign. While his administration was largely seen as supportive toward Israel and then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government, Trump, considered by many to be a nationalist and a populist, was accused of courting or refusing to denounce white supremacists and other right-wing extremists within his political base who were hostile to Jews.
The Trump administration also played a key role in organizing the Abraham Accords, a series of diplomatic agreements promoting the normalization of relations between Israel and neighboring Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
It is also worth noting that Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner are Jewish.