Earlier today, President Trump was the keynote speaker at the Israeli American Council (IAC) summit. The IAC is a national non-profit which has as its mission “to preserve and strengthen the Israeli and Jewish identities of future generations, strengthen the American Jewish community, and strengthen the relationship between citizens of the United States and the State of Israel.”
The crowd was definitely friendly and President Trump’s prepared remarks show that he knew it would be a friendly crowd. But while the speech itself covered no new territory, what it did demonstrate was that there is literally no lie the media won’t try to push if they think it will damage President Trump.
At the center mass of the latest non-scandal is the destestable twit Aaron Rupar. Out of a speech that is over forty minutes long this is one clip he pulled.
Trump, speaking to the Israeli American Council: "You're 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!" pic.twitter.com/IXoaVUw6MU
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 8, 2019
It was picked up by all manner of doofueses:
Donald Trump's comments at the IAC National Summit 2019 are blatantly anti-Semitic pic.twitter.com/GLijkguwMA
— Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) December 8, 2019
Trump has been spewing the same antisemitic garbage for years. He did it during his campaign. He’s done it throughout his presidency. The question is: why has it gotten so little attention at a time when the GOP is openly trying to smear Democrats as the party of antisemitism? https://t.co/uDDrkGHnkq
— Sophie Ellman-Golan (@EgSophie) December 8, 2019
“When a president of the United States appears before an audience of American Jews and calls them “brutal killers” and “not very nice people at all,” what do you call it?” pic.twitter.com/ncqoawEIO3
— Michigan Jewish Democrats (@MIJewishDems) December 8, 2019
The Independent, naturally a leftwing Brit outlet knows all about anti-Semitism, had this headline: Trump says pro-Israel group will vote for him to protect their money: ‘You’re not nice people at all. You’re not going to vote for the wealth tax’
Here is the whole clip, cued up the just before the clip Rupar sent out.
If you go to the remarks you get a lot more context. Here he is talking about the decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem being made:
THE PRESIDENT: They said, “Massive crowds have gathered. Massive crowds.” And I looked, I said, “That’s a strange angle. I’ve never seen that angle.” (Laughter.) It was like — you had a cameraman sitting on the floor pointing up. But every once in a while, you say, “There’s nobody behind the people in the front row. What’s going on?” (Laughter.) And it was a con. It was fake news as usual.
So these days went by, and then I made the phone calls. And I’d call up the kings and I’d call up the queens, and I’d call up everybody — the presidents, the prime ministers. I’d say, “Hi, I’m sorry, I couldn’t get back to you quickly” — (laughter) — “but what’s up?” (Laughter and applause.) “What’s up?” And they said —
AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years!
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.
Well, I learned all these tricks from Sheldon. So, you know. (Laughter.)
So I call: “Hi, King. What’s up? What’s happening?” (Laughter.) He said, “I wanted to tell you I didn’t like you doing that with Israel.” “Oh, man! I wish I called you back a little sooner. I’m sorry.” (Laughter.) Call a president: “What’s up, President?” “I wanted to tell you not to do that, sir. But you’ve done it.” What can I — “Yeah, I wish — you know, I wish I could have gotten you sooner, but I’m so busy.” (Laughter.) I took about 40 of those calls. Right? Everyone was the same: “I wanted to tell you…” I said, “But, you know, in the meantime, it opened and it was, you know, really pretty amazing.” It was done. We did the deal.
And then the offending statement:
I’m used to getting a piece of paper. But this is — this is the way they do. So they bring in this gorgeous folder, twice the size of that. I said, “What is this?” “Sir, this is for the embassy in Israel.” I said, “Well, we just announced it, so what is it for?” “We’re looking for land, but this is a commitment to spend $2 billion.” I said, “Two billion?” It’s like a one-story building, right? (Laughter.)
“So we’re looking for land, and we have some locations that we think are very good, but it’s very expensive in Jerusalem, sir. But we have the right to go up to $2 billion, sir.” And I had the first name; I had “Donald” signed. Then I heard it was 2 billion for the embassy, and I stopped signing it. (Laughter.)
And I called David Friedman. I said, “David, I need some help. I just approved an embassy, and they want to spend $2 billion to build the embassy. And I know what that means: You’re never going to get it built. It’ll take years and years.” I said, “You know what’s going on here? They’re looking at terrible locations.” There are no good locations. You know why? Because we had the best already. We were there first, right? We were there early, with you. He said, “You know, but could you give me two days, sir? I’d like to take a look and see.” So he calls me back two days later.
So we’re going to spend 2 billion, and one of them was going to buy a lousy location. A lot of you are in the real estate business because I know you very well. You’re brutal killers. (Laughter.) 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. (Laughter and applause.) You’re not going to vote for the wealth tax. “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. (Laughter.) 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.
This whole story is simply bullsh**. It’s made up. He was talking to a crowd that was friendly and with whom he’s done business over a long period of time. He’s talking about the real estate development business. His “You’re brutal killers. Not nice people at all,” comment is directed at the people in the audience who are in real estate development, not at Jews, and if you think real estate doesn’t have a reputation for sharp dealing you need to get out more (if you recall, the “Edie” character in Desperate Housewives was once asked if she believed in evil. “Of course I believe in evil,” she said, “I’m in real estate.”) They are attempting to hit Trump with the anti-Semitism label for three reasons. 1) The Democrat party is wildly anti-Semitic and because it can’t get rid of that image it has to dirty up Trump. 2) He made it very clear to the audience what was going to happen to the family wealth they’s worked so hard to amass if Warren was elected (this is not an exclusively Jewish concern, I’m Catholic and I have the same worry). 3) He made it clear in a way no other GOP candidate ever has that an American Jew
voting for a Democrat is casting a vote against Israel.
All together, this is a perfect storm of bad news for the Democrats so no wonder they are lying about the context of the President’s remarks and completely ignoring the reactions of the crowd.