The Democratic Jewish Outreach of Pennsylvania rebuked former President Donald Trump in a statement Monday for his veiled threat toward Jews.
Trump wrote on Truth Social Sunday that American Jews need to “get their act together” to show appreciation for Israel “before it’s too late.”
“No President has done more for Israel than I have … wonderful Evangelicals are far more appreciative of this than the people of the Jewish faith,” Trump claimed.
DJOP Chair Jill Zipin said the former president’s remarks were threats and showed “how dangerously disconnected he is from reality.”
“Trump’s threat Sunday on his website that Jews should ‘get their act together … before it is too late’ is reminiscent of what the world heard from Nazi Germany in the 1930’s,” Zipin said. “His failure to recognize that many Jewish voters have interests and concerns that are separate from their concerns for the State of Israel and his singling out and stereotyping of Jewish voters is nothing more than bigotry, and we will not bend to his antisemitic threats.”
Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, who is endorsed by Trump, has faced bipartisan criticism for his connections with Gab, a far-right Christian nationalist social media platform and its founder, Andrew Torba, over rampant antisemitic statements on the site.
According to campaign finance reports, Mastriano paid Gab $5,000 in April for “advertising consulting.”
Robert Bowers, the Tree of Life Synagogue shooter, used Gab to post antisemitic hate speech prior to his killing 11 worshipers on Oct. 27, 2018.
Mastriano’s campaign can be likened to a “holy battle to make the United States into a good, righteous, Christian nation,” according to Slate.
Mastriano was in Washington, D.C., on January 6 for Trump’s rally to dispute the results of the 2020 presidential election that led to the siege on the Capitol.
Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, who was endorsed by Trump last election cycle and who voted against impeaching him has thus far not made a public statement condemning the former president’s anti-semitic remarks.