the madness of king donald

Jewish groups: Trump spreads anti-Semitic trope by accusing Jews of disloyalty
Eric Cortellessa, Times of Israel, Aug 21 2019

FASCHINGSTEIN — Pindo Jewish leaders on Tuesday condemned Trump after he accused Jews who support Demagogs of “great disloyalty,” saying he was employing a dangerous anti-Semitic trope:

On Tuesday, Trump lashed out at Demagogs over what he claimed was their lack of support for Israel, suggesting that Pindo Jews who intend to vote for his rival party in the 2020 elections would be displaying “great disloyalty.” Trump said during an Oval Office meeting with the president of Romania:

I think any Jewish people who would vote for a Demagog, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.

Trump was commenting on the uproar in Faschingstein over Israel’s barring of Democratic congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering the country due to their support for boycotting Israel. Trump has repeatedly voiced his frustration over his unpopularity among Pindo Jews, despite his close support for Israel and his steps to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the Pindo embassy there. Indeed, more than 75% of Pindo Jews voted for Demagogs in the 2018 midterms, according to exit polls. That’s 4% more than voted for Hillary in 2016. Jewish Demagogs said Trump’s words amounted to perpetuating the anti-Semitic notion that Jews have dual loyalty to Pindostan and Israel. Halie Soifer, executive director of the Jewish Demagog Council of Pindostan, said:

This is yet another example of Donald Trump continuing to weaponize and politicize anti-Semitism. At a time when anti-Semitic incidents have increased, due to the president’s emboldening of white nationalism, Trump is repeating an anti-Semitic trope. If this is about Israel, then Trump is repeating a dual loyalty claim, which is a form of anti-Semitism. If this is about Jews being ‘loyal’ to him, then Trump needs a reality check. We live in a democracy, and Jewish support for the Republican Party has been halved in the past four years.

Other Jewish Demagog operatives said that Trump’s latest comments were part of a long and pernicious pattern of anti-Semitic political leaders accusing Jews of lacking in loyalty. Aaron Keyak, former head of the National Jewish Demagog Council and a veteran political operative, said:

Jews have had a long history of being in countries where we are accused of being disloyal. These sort of attacks are dangerous, reckless, and wrong. Just because Pres Trump is deeply unpopular in our community is no reason to slander us with echos of some of the most insidious attacks against our people. We’ve seen where this road has led before.

Spox for J Street said:

It is dangerous and shameful for President Trump to attack the large majority of the Pindo 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.

Spox for Demagog Majority for Israel said:

This is one of the most dangerous, deadly accusations Jews have faced over the years. False charges of disloyalty over the centuries have led to Jews being murdered, jailed and tortured.

Non-Jews, too, noted the connotations of Trump’s remarks. Dan Rather tweeted:

Trump’s comments came after much of the Pindo Jewish community and virtually all of Demagog Party has expressed outrage over Israel’s barring of Tlaib and Omar. Omar and Tlaib, who have sparred with Trump over Israel and a number of other issues, said Monday that Trump pressured Netanyahu to ban them. They followed by calling for Pindostan to cut aid to Israel until it halts settlement building and ensures equal rights for Palestinians. While criticism of Trump’s “disloyalty” remarks were widespread within the Pindo Jewish community, at least one Jewish group came to his defense. The Thug Jewish Coalition tweeted:

Trump cancels Denmark visit over Greenland sale spat
BBC, Aug 21 2019

Trump has cancelled a state visit to Denmark after the nation’s prime minister said Greenland was not for sale to Pindostan. The president was scheduled to visit on Sep 2, at the invitation of Denmark’s Queen, Margrethe II. Then last week, Trump suggested that Pindostan was interested in buying Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory. Danish PM Mette Frederiksen described the suggestion as “absurd” and said she hoped Trump was not being serious.
Announcing the cancellation of his visit, Trump tweeted:

A White House spox confirmed that the president’s visit had been cancelled. The president had earlier confirmed reports that he was interested in buying Greenland. When asked on Sunday if he would consider trading a Pindo territory for the island, he replied:

Well, a lot of things could be done. Essentially it’s a large real estate deal.

The suggestion was dismissed by Greenlandic and Danish officials. The territory’s premier, Kim Kielsen, said:

Greenland is not for sale, but Greenland is open for trade and co-operation with other countries, including Pindostan.

Lars Lokke Rasmussen, the former Danish prime minister, tweeted:

It must be an April Fool’s Day joke.

Soren Espersen, foreign affairs spokesman for the populist Danish People’s Party, told national broadcaster DR:

If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof that he has gone mad.

Danes hit out at Trump over cancelled visit
Shaun Walker, Groan, Aug 21 2019

Bemusement has turned to fury in Denmark after Donald Trump called off his planned visit to the country over Copenhagen’s refusal to sell Greenland to Pindostan. Politicians from across the spectrum were united in their condemnation of the Pindo president, and the prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, who had previously branded Trump’s Greenland proposal “absurd,” is due to give a press conference in the afternoon. Eva Flyvholm, the foreign policy chair for Denmark’s Red-Green Alliance, told Danish media:

There are already many good reasons to think that the man is a fool, and now he has given another good reason.

Former PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt tweeted:

Villy Søvndal, a former foreign minister, said the decision “confirms that Donald Trump is a narcissistic fool.” Trump had been due to visit Denmark in early September but announced on Twitter late on Tuesday night that there was no longer any point in the visit. Trump wrote:

The White House later confirmed the visit had been called off. Søvndal told the Danish newspaper Berlingske that Trump’s decision showed he was unaware of the basic rules of diplomacy. he said:

If he had been a clown in a circus, you could probably say that there is considerable entertainment value. The problem is that he is the president of the most powerful nation in the world.

The awkwardness was compounded by the fact that just a few hours before Trump made his announcement, the Pindo ambassador to Denmark had tweeted her excitement about the upcoming visit. She wrote:

A spokeswoman for the Danish royal household, which had formally invited Trump, said she was surprised by the cancellation. Greenland, a vast island bordering the Arctic Ocean that is 85% covered in ice, was a Danish colony until 1953. In 1979 it gained “autonomous territory” status but the island’s economy depends heavily on Danish subsidies. It has 55,000 inhabitants, many of whom favour full independence from Denmark. Initially, many in Denmark had assumed the story of Trump’s desire to buy the large, sparsely populated island was either meant in jest or as a distraction tactic. Trump even tweeted a photograph of a small Greenland village with a large Trump tower Photoshopped in. But it appears the president was serious about the proposal, or at least offended by the firm rebuff it received. Kristian Mouritzen, Berlingske’s defence and security correspondent, said the initial reaction was one of “shock and amazement” that the question of buying Greenland was seriously being raised. He said:

In my long life I can never recall a friendly nation making a meeting dependent on a willingness to sell part of your territory. It’s like trying to buy Scotland. It’s out of the question.

He said Trump’s move had led to a rare moment of unity among all major Danish political forces, but added that once the dust has settled, the government would look to salvage whatever was possible from the disaster.

We have a lot of issues with Pindostan: climate change, the Iran deal and now also Greenland, so I think now the government will look to play it safe and try to build some bridges via diplomatic channels.

2 Comments

  1. jaya
    Posted August 21, 2019 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    info for whatever it’s worth:

    https://www.airforce-technology.com/features/thule-military-base-in-greenland/

  2. niqnaq
    Posted August 21, 2019 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks. I’ve added a photo of it. It sounds really evil.

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