//Trump name-checks Squad at evangelical rally: They hate Jewish individuals

Trump name-checks Squad at evangelical rally: They hate Jewish individuals

President Trump blasted three of the 4 freshmen congressional Democrats referred to as “The Squad” in entrance of an viewers of his evangelical supporters in Miami on Friday, accusing them of holding anti-Semitic views.

“These people hate Israel. They hate Jewish people,” Trump stated on the launch of his “Evangelicals for Trump” group inside a megachurch. “I received’t title them. I received’t deliver up the title of Omar, Tlaib, AOC. I received’t deliver that title up. Gained’t deliver it up. I cannot deliver it up.”

The president was referring to U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. The Squad member he didn’t point out was U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.

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The three lawmakers have drawn the ire of conservatives for his or her criticism of Israel since taking workplace final January. Omar and Tlaib have been amongst 17 members of Congress who voted in opposition to a decision to sentence the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) motion in July.

Omar was accused of anti-Semitism final yr for her criticism of Israel and tweeting {that a} outstanding lobbying group was paying members of Congress to assist the nation. The remark drew rebuke from Democrats in addition to Republicans.

Trump later urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to block Omar and Tlaib from visiting Israel, leading to an outcry from Democratic lawmakers. Israel later did block the lawmakers simply earlier than a deliberate go to.

Faith leaders pray over President Donald Trump during an "Evangelicals for Trump Coalition Launch" at King Jesus International Ministry Friday in Miami. (Associated Press)

Religion leaders pray over President Donald Trump throughout an “Evangelicals for Trump Coalition Launch” at King Jesus Worldwide Ministry Friday in Miami. (Related Press)

Tlaib had requested to go to her grandmother within the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution however abruptly canceled her plans after she was given permission on humanitarian grounds.

In March 2019, the House overwhelmingly passed a measure in March 2019 condemning anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and different types of hatred.

Trump has gone after the Squad members prior to now. In July, he stated they need to return “crime-infested places from which they came” in an inflammatory tweet that was described by many as racist.

Trump spoke to greater than 5,000 Christians, together with a big group of Latinos, at El Rey Jesús church, simply days after he was the topic of a scathing editorial in Christianity Right this moment journal that referred to as for his elimination from workplace. Hundreds of the devoted lifted their arms and prayed over Trump as he started talking and portrayed himself as a defender of religion.

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The president made no point out of the editorial, which ran in {a magazine} based by the late Rev. Billy Graham. Marketing campaign officers stated the Miami occasion was within the works properly earlier than the editorial.

Mark Galli, the Christianity Right this moment editor who wrote the editorial, retired Friday.

“We’re defending religion itself. A society without religion cannot prosper. A nation without faith cannot endure,” said Trump, who also tried to paint his Democratic rivals for the 2020 election as threats to religious liberty. “We can’t let one of our radical left friends come in here because everything we’ve done will be gone in short order.”

The kickoff of “Evangelicals for Trump” might be adopted within the weeks forward by the launches of “Catholics for Trump” and “Jewish Voices for Trump.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.