'King of Israel' Trends After Trump Thanks Conspiracy Theorist for Saying Israeli Jews 'Love Him Like He Is the Second Coming of God'

Donald Trump has shared a message from conservative radio show host and conspiracy theorist Wayne Allyn Root, in which he says Israeli Jews love the president like he is "the second coming of God."

In a series of tweets, Trump replayed the message of support from Root while thanking him for "the very nice words." The president has been accused of using an anti-Semitic trope when describing Jewish Americans who vote for the Democrats as showing a "total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty."

"I happen to be Jewish by birth and 75 percent of all Jews vote Democrat, and they don't like Trump," Root said during his radio show, which airs on Newsmax TV (via Real Clear Politics).

"This is the greatest president for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world. Not just in America, Trump is the best president for Israel in the history of the world. And the Jewish people love him like he is the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God.

"In America, American Jews don't like him," Root added. "They don't even know what they're doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense. But that's okay. He keeps doing what he's doing. He's good for all of us. Good for Jews, good for blacks, good for gays. He is good for everyone in America who wants a job."

The comments, and the fact they were shared by Trump, were widely criticized online, with tens of thousands of people tweeting about the president being described as the "king of Israel."

Every single evangelical Christian GOP member of Congress must be asked if @realDonaldTrump is the "King of Israel" and the "second coming of God." pic.twitter.com/gOABlVY5Gz

— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) August 21, 2019

If someone said he was the “King of Israel” and the “second coming of God," and got mad because he couldn't buy Greenland, you'd probably be talking about a mental health evaluation.

But in the USA in 2019, we call this person "Mr. President," and this situation "Wednesday."

— Jamie Harrison (@JamieHarrison__) August 21, 2019

For the literalists out there, the president didn’t call himself the king of Israel or second coming of God. He just retweeted it with relish & refused to disavow the comments or the anti-Semite who made the analogy. In other words, he embraced & adopted the language for himself.

— Georgiou’s Eyelashes (@WilGafney) August 21, 2019

When 'King of Israel' is trending and you already know it is because Trump believes that's how he is viewed by Jewish people in Israel. pic.twitter.com/z1CLKZNcnO

— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) August 21, 2019

If you were writing a novel where the villain tried to buy Greenland and then declared himself the King of Israel, every editor would turn it down for being too unrealistic.

— Jason Pinter (@jasonpinter) August 21, 2019


— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) August 21, 2019

Can you imagine if Barack Obama decided one morning to jump on twitter and call himself King of Israel and Jesus in one tweet

Michelle would have stopped that shit before it happened because well they live together unlike Melania and trump pic.twitter.com/u9VYiuQtDE

— BlackWomenAreKryptoniteToGOP (@battletested5) August 21, 2019

"King of Israel? Trump has much in common with Herod the Great: famous builder; known for cruelty to children; multiple wives; feckless kids; acts like a king but completely subservient to a hostile foreign power," wrote author Greg Olear.

"We learn in med school that if someone comes to the emergency room calling themselves the King of Israel and the second coming of God, that patient is either high on drugs or is having a psychotic break and needs to be promptly evaluated with a tox screen and psychiatric consult," wrote Eugene Gu, a physician and outspoken critic of Trump.

CNN columnist Geovanny Vicente Romero added: "I always thought Benjamin Netanyahu acted as the King of Israel, but I just came to realize that the real King is @realDonaldTrump.

"He went to bed last night without apologizing to the American Jews after he called them disloyal but today he called himself the 'King of Israel'."

Trump was also criticized for giving a platform to Root. In the past Root has spread several conspiracy theories, including the infamous "birther" theory surrounding Barack Obama which was fueled by Trump.

He once claimed the deadly "Unite the Right" Charlottesville rally in 2017 where a white supremacist killed Heather Heyer was "such B.S" and the protesters were hired actors funded by George Soros, the Jewish billionaire philanthropist who is often the target of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

Such B.S. Probably paid actors & infiltrators hired by Soros. No conservative I've ever met commits violence. EVER.https://t.co/pFIiz0aTOX

— Wayne Allyn Root (@RealWayneRoot) August 12, 2017

In October 2017, Root also described the Las Vegas mass shooting in which 57 people were killed by Stephen Paddock as a "clearly coordinated Muslim terror attack."

He later doubled down on his false claim, tweeting: "Liberal fools criticizing me 4 reporting what I hear DIRECT from police & credible news sources. I report it as I hear it."

This is real thing. Clearly coordinated Muslim terror attack. PRAY for our Vegas police. PRAY for victims. VERY bad. Awful.

— Wayne Allyn Root (@RealWayneRoot) October 2, 2017

He also claimed that Seth Rich, the Democratic National Committee employee who was shot twice in the back in Washington D.C in July 2016, was murdered for leaking emails ahead of the 2016 election.

"He was murdered because he was the guy that gave all the DNC files to Julian Assange and Wikileaks," Root said, reported Right Wing Watch. "That's my guess, but it seems obvious to me that he got murdered for no money, no jewelry, they just killed him for no reason and nobody seems to be interested in finding the killer.

"And it sure seems to me to point to leading Democrats—Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC, the Clintons, Hillary Clinton, all the above, Donna Brazile—all the above seem to be mixed up in this, they all had a motive to kill this guy."

Trump was heavily condemned for the "disloyalty" remarks he made in the Oval Office while discussing Democratic congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

"Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they are defending these two people over the state of Israel?" Trump said. "I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty."

The Jewish Democratic Council of America Executive Director Halie Soifer said: "President Trump's repeating of anti-Semitic tropes, emboldening of hate groups, and use of anti-Semitism for political purposes have made us all less secure.

"Today's remarks are yet another example of Trump continuing to weaponize and politicize anti-Semitism for his own perceived political gain, and it won't work."

The Democratic Majority for Israel accused Trump of using one of the "most dangerous, deadly accusations Jews have faced over the years" with his comments.

"False charges of disloyalty over the centuries have led to Jews being murdered, jailed and tortured," Co-Chair Ann Lewis and President and CEO Mark Mellman said in a statement. "This kind of cruel rhetoric inflames antisemitic passions and can lead to violence."

Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Romania's President Klaus Iohannis in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on August 20, 2019. The president shared a quote on Twitter from Wayne Allyn Root calling him "the greatest president for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world." MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty