Joe Scarborough: Trump’s Disloyalty Comments Are Exactly How Jews Were Attacked In Germany

Joe Scarborough: Trump’s Disloyalty Comments Are Exactly How Jews Were Attacked In Germany

Morning Joe‘s Joe Scarborough directly compared President Donald Trump’s comments on Jewish loyalty to Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union on Thursday. The MSNBC host was reacting to the President’s suggestion that Jews who vote for Democrats may be disloyal.

Journalist Julia Ioffe explained how her own family had been affected by Antisemitism in Russia.

“My family suffered for it mightily in the Soviet Union after the foundation of the state of Israel,” Ioffe said. “This created the kind of anti-cosmopolitan campaign by Joseph Stalin, which said Jews should be […] they have a homeland, why are they in the Soviet Union? Or they were suspected of being loyal to another country.”

“But you know what else has a long and sordid history is Donald Trump playing footsie with anti-Semites and himself parroting antisemitic tropes,” she said.

“We dealt with this during the campaign in 2016 when he refused to condemn his fans that attacked Jewish journalists, when he ran the closing ad of his campaign, which was basically kind of the greatest hits of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, when he re-tweeted the photoshopped image of Hillary Clinton with the Star of David on top of a pile of money, and deflected and said it was an allusion to Frozen.”

“After the Charlottesville rally, once he was president, when people were chanting Jews will not replace us, he said there were very fine people on both sides. This trope may have a long and sordid antisemitic history but so does Donald Trump.”

“That’s what’s been so fascinating and disturbing over the past several months,” Scarborough said. “Donald Trump is actually attacking Democratic congresswomen for being antisemitic when he has trotted out antisemitic tropes throughout his entire political campaign.”

“Again, you look at that Hillary Clinton ad that he re-tweeted, the attack of Hillary Clinton, talking about Jewish money, trying to buy off the United States government. That lies right at the heart of antisemitic tropes. Again, for decades, for generations, for centuries, for centuries, this is exactly how Jews have been attacked, not only in the Soviet Union but in Germany, across the world that they are, quote, insufficiently loyal.”

Watch the video above, via MSNBC.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Senior Editor and Political News Writer.