Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Slams Trump's Comments to Israeli-American Council as 'Outright And Atrocious Antisemitism'

New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined several Jewish-American groups and Democrats in labeling President Donald Trump's comments to the Israeli-American Council Saturday "atrocious antisemitism."

Trump repeatedly warned the predominately Jewish American attendees in Hollywood, Florida Saturday evening that Democrats have no loyalty to Israel as he floated several backhanded references to Jews his critics described as anti-Semitic, dual loyalty tropes. Trump received an overwhelmingly positive reaction during his speech as he complained too many Jews "don't love Israel enough" and falsely accused Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of proposing a "wealth tax" he said would put Jewish people "out of business in about 15 minutes."

Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, on Monday condemned a video of Trump mocking Warren as "Pocahontas" in front of the Israeli American Council and quipping to attendees that they are "not nice people at all."

"A lot of you are in the real estate business because I know you very well. You're brutal killers," Trump, a longtime New York real estate businessman said, prompting laughter from the audience. "Not nice people at all. But you have to vote for me; you have no choice. You're not going to vote for Pocahontas, I can tell you that. You're not going to vote for the wealth tax."

Trump, who used the word "love" more than a dozen times as he lavished praise on Israel, was blasted by Ocasio-Cortez and other critics on social media.

"This is outright and atrocious antisemitism coming from the President, and it is dangerous," she remarked on Twitter.

Trump continued mocking Democrats during his Saturday remarks, "Yeah, let's take 100 percent of your wealth away. No, no. Even if you don't like me; some of you don't. Some of you I don't like at all, actually. And you're going to be my biggest supporters because you'll be out of business in about 15 minutes, if they get it. So I don't have to spend a lot of time on that."

Accusations of anti-semitism against Trump over his remarks appeared to fall along party lines, but several Jewish-American groups denounced the comments as offensive.

"Dear @POTUS," the American Jewish Committee tweeted at Trump Sunday afternoon, "Much as we appreciate your unwavering support for Israel, surely there must be a better way to appeal to American Jewish voters, as you just did in Florida, than by money references that feed age-old and ugly stereotypes. Let's stay off that mine-infested road."

Trump thanked Republican congressmen Jim Jordan of Ohio and Michael Waltz of Florida for attending the event in which he rehashed his controversial relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Dozens of Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli military forces during clashes against the move.

Ocasio-Cortez's condemnation of Trump's remarks as "anti-Semitic" was met with furious rebuke from conservative backers of the president who noted her relationship with Muslim congresswomen and frequent targets of Trump criticism, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

Omar and Tlaib were both prohibited from visiting Israel in August over fears from Trump ally and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's concerns they would incite Palestinian protests. Omar echoed many American critics of Trump and Netanyahu in decrying the $3 billion in annual aid given to the United States' Middle East ally being met with partisan ridicule of Democratic lawmakers.

"[De]nying a visit to duly elected members of Congress is not consistent with being an ally, and denying millions of people freedom of movement or expression or self-determination is not consistent with being a democracy," Omar said in August while appearing at Minnesota's state house in St. Paul, The Washington Post reported.

Trump was previously accused of floating politically based "dual loyalty tropes" after he gave a speech in August claiming Democrats are opposed to Israel's existence.

"I think Jewish people that vote for a Democrat — I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty," the president said at the time. But several conservative Israeli and Republican figures praised Trump's comments this past weekend on social media, citing his previous jokes using Jewish stereotypes.

"To all those who are saying @realDonaldTrump trafficked in anti-semitic tropes in his speech last night by talking about how the Dems will tax them see their wealth evaporate- get over yourselves," tweeted Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition. "He literally talks about this at every rally!"

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined several Jewish-American groups and Democrats in labeling President Donald Trump's comments to the Israeli-American Council Saturday "atrocious antisemitism." Johannes Eisele/Getty
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