Donald Trump’s comments about Jewish voters were met with criticism from a number of different sources. Bernie Sanders tweeted that he was happy to vote for Democratic candidates. Advocacy group J Street tweeted, “Disgusting. The President of the United States just said that over 75% of American Jews are either disloyal or unintelligent.”
The President, however, found support from at least one Jew, Wayne Allyn Root, who said that Trump was beloved among American Jews. Root, who is a TV host for Newsmax, has a controversial history or promoting conspiracy theories.
Trump tweeted this morning, “Thank you to Wayne Allyn Root for the very nice words. ‘President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world…and the Jewish people in Israel love him.'”
Root’s history includes multiple conspiracy claims. Following the Las Vegas mass shooting by Stephen Paddock, the TV host tweeted, “This is real thing. Clearly coordinated Muslim terror attack. PRAY for our Vegas police. PRAY for victims. VERY bad. Awful.” After being criticized, Root doubled down on his comments, “Terrible day. Liberal fools criticizing me 4 reporting what I hear DIRECT from police & credible news sources. I report it as I hear it.”
The Newsmax host has also subscribed to a number of other conspiracy theories. Root claims that Seth Rich was killed by either the Clintons or former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. He was also a proponent of the Barack Oba,a birther theory.
Following the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Root blamed George Soros. “Such B.S.,” he tweeted. “Probably paid actors & infiltrators hired by Soros. No conservative I’ve ever met commits violence. EVER.”
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