JD Vance defends Trump with question about antisemitism

Senator JD Vance (R-Ohio) responded to former President Trump's recent remarks about Jewish Americans who voted for President Biden, suggesting it was a “reasonable argument” for him.

CNN's Dana Bash pressed Vance on the former president's recent remarks, where Trump again attacked Jewish Americans for considering voting for Biden instead. Vance, a potential contender to be Trump's running mate, dismissed the comments and suggested people look at Trump's record on Israel.

“Do I think it's fair to look at this situation and say, if you're a Jewish American who cares about the state of Israel, who cares about these anti-Semitic riots, and say you want Republicans in 2024? should be supported because they govern effectively on some of the issues that you care about, I think that's a perfectly reasonable argument,” Vance said on CNN's “State of the Union.”

“And I think Donald Trump will continue to build it,” he added.

Trump has made several comments about Jewish Democrats during the campaign, saying in March that “any Jew who votes for Democrats hates his religion, he hates everything about Israel. ” He made similar comments to reporters last week and on social media, to which Vance responded on CNN.

“What Biden is doing with Israel is disgraceful,” Trump told reporters last week. “If any Jew voted for Joe Biden, they should be ashamed of themselves.”

When pressed further about the comments, Vance continued to defend Trump.

“But he's made similar comments about a lot of different groups of people, Dana. I don't think anyone can look at Donald Trump's presidency and say, this is a man who somehow “Sam is the enemy,” he told Bash.

Bash then noted that Trump “had dinner with Nick Fuentes, who is an outspoken anti-Semitic.” The former president had dinner with Fuentes in 2022, sparking backlash on both sides of the aisle.

“Dana, you should look at Joe Biden's record and admit whether you're Jewish or not, his presidency has been disastrous for the American people,” Vance responded.

In an earlier interview, Vance urged people to look at Trump's record despite recent comments.

“Well, I think, Dana, is that people should look at the record here and recognize that Donald Trump has actually been very good to the state of Israel. We had peace and prosperity in our country, and We had a very strong ally in the Israelis.

“Now that Joe Biden is president. Israelis have been attacked. You've got these horrible campus protests across our country with a lot of anti-Semitism, and you've got him micromanaging the response from Israel to attack them. Have also tried.

Pro-Palestinian protests have erupted on college campuses across the country in recent weeks, leading to arrests and the cancellation of several commencement ceremonies. President Biden has maintained that while he supports peaceful protests, there is no place for antisemitism or violence.

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