Schiff: Trump’s presidency will ‘cement’ relationship between Dems, Jewish community

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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOn The Money — Presented by Job Creators Network — Trump plans to nominate Herman Cain to Fed | Trump touts progress on China trade deal | House Dems ask Capital One: What’s in Trump’s wallet? House Dems seek documents on Trump’s businesses from Capital One After Mueller report, investigate FISA abuse MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday dismissed comments from President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Handler says she went into therapy after Trump’s win Will it take more deaths or disaster for Washington to fix immigration and border security? Conspiracy theorists keep their Ginsburg death claims alive MORE, who the previous day said a “radical agenda” being pushed by Democrats could “very well could leave Israel out there all by yourselves.”

“I hate to even dignify those remarks, but look, it’s not the Democratic Party that believes that there are good people on both sides of a Nazi rally. There’s just one party and one party leader who believes that, and that’s Donald Trump,” Schiff, one of the highest-ranking Jewish members of Congress, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“If there’s anything that is likely to cement the relationship between the Democratic Party and the Jewish community, it’s the presidency of Donald Trump. The lack of character and values that are certainly inconsistent with Jewish values, I think, are only consolidating support in the Jewish community and I think the president needs to look inward when it comes to the rise of anti-Semitism in the country and his own actions and his own words and how that may fuel some of the rise in hate that we see.”

Trump during comments at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual meeting in Las Vegas also targeted Democratic Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTrump says Ilhan Omar ‘doesn’t like Israel’ New York man arrested for allegedly making death threats against Omar House ignores Trump veto threat, approves bill ending US support for Yemen war MORE (D-Minn.), saying the first-year lawmaker “doesn’t like Israel.”

“Special thanks to Representative Omar of Minnesota,” he said. “Oh, I forgot. She doesn’t like Israel. I forgot. I’m so sorry.”

Omar, one of the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress, has been criticized for remarks widely seen as anti-Semitic.

“Yes there are isolated comments by members of our caucus that I have strongly condemned as being anti-Semitic,” Schiff said on CNN.

“But it’s one thing when you have a few members who make comments and it’s another when the president of the United States makes comments like he did … about Charlottesville. There’s quite a difference,” he added. “I’m very proud of our leadership and its condemnation of anti-Semitism. We will continue to speak out, we will continue to take action to try to combat this scourge. But I don’t think the president is helping by trying to divide us this way.”

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