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Majority Leader Schumer Floor Remarks On The Dangerous And Antisemitic Statement Made By The Former President

Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) today spoke on the Senate floor, condemning antisemitic rhetoric used by former President Donald Trump yesterday. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

I would like to begin today by addressing the reprehensible and dangerous comments made yesterday by former President Trump.

The former president’s comments were utterly disgusting and a textbook example of the kind of antisemitism facing Jews, pushing the dangerous antisemitic trope of dual loyalty.

To say you hate Israel or your religion because you have one political view over the other is sick, it’s hateful. It is unadulterated antisemitism. And it serves to use Israel as a political wedge, further damaging the bonds between the U.S. and Israel.

I’ve always tried through the years to keep everything we do in Israel bipartisan, and to use it for partisan purposes hurts Israel, hurts America, and displays how low Donald Trump will go.

And nobody who breaks bread with antisemites like Nick Fuentes – who called white supremacists in Charlottesville “very fine people” – or who, as was recently reported, said disgustingly that Hitler did some good things, has any right – any right – to lecture Jewish Americans about their personal political beliefs.

I condemn the former president’s irresponsible comments, and urge others from both sides – both sides – to do the same.