Ari Geller, West End Strategy Team
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Following President Trump’s comments on the “disloyalty” of Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats, Rabbi Jack Moline, President of Interfaith Alliance, released this statement condemning the president’s invocation of a dangerous anti-Semitic trope:
“The accusation of ‘dual loyalty’ is a centuries old anti-Semitic charge that raises alarm bells for Jews around the world. The president has no place questioning the patriotism of Jewish Americans — or members of any other faith — who do not support his cause.
“Our Constitution expressly prohibits religious tests for office, yet the president has suggested a political test for religious affiliation. He is profoundly mistaken. No religious community owes a particular party, or a particular president, their support.
“Unfortunately this comment from the president, and his doubling down on the claim today, only adds to his long history of weaponizing charges of anti-Semitism against his adversaries to achieve personal and political gain. President Trump’s charges of ‘disloyalty’ against millions of American Jews only underscores his use of the Jewish community as political pawns, and not a robust and diverse part of our country.”
Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org.