Cleveland – Newly minted GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is directly responsible for stoking anti-Semitism within the Republican Party, and has demonstrated anti-Semitic tendencies himself, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.
“Look at the anti-Semitism that he has clearly demonstrated throughout his candidacy,” Schultz (D-Florida) said, asked by the Post whether she believed anti-Semitism in the party reaches the top of its presidential ticket. “The anti-Semitism that is threaded throughout the Republican Party of late goes straight to the feet of Donald Trump.”
Schultz commented shortly after the Republican National Committee was forced to shut down its convention live chat on Tuesday over a torrent of anti-Semitic rants. The episode is only one of several examples of an increasingly hostile environment for Jews, Schultz argued.
She listed several others, including his tweeting out a graphic image of a six-pointed star over a pile of money that accused presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton of corruption; His speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition, during which he referred to the crowd as a bunch of clever dealmakers; His call for neutrality between Israel and the Palestinians and for a reduction in foreign aid; And his delay in repudiating David Duke, “a known anti-Semite.”
He is “essentially fostering the anti-Semitic rants,” Schultz said.
The Republican convention is currently under way here in Cleveland, where Trump was officially nominated as the party’s presidential nominee on Tuesday. He will formally accept the nomination on Thursday.
The Democratic National Convention convenes next week in Philadelphia.
“There is so much anti-Semitism in the Republican Party of today,” Schultz stated. “Bullying and demeaning people is no way to run a country.”