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The White House issued a statement condemning “vile and unhinged Antisemitic rhetoric” on Monday after former President Donald Trump said “any Jewish person that votes for Democrats hates their religion.”

During an appearance on Seb Gorka’s America First podcast on Monday, Trump was asked about the growing criticism toward Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from leading Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

“I actually think they hate Israel,” replied Trump. “The Democrat party hates Israel.”

The former president then added, “Any Jewish person that votes for Democrats hates their religion. They hate everything about Israel and they should be ashamed of themselves because Israel would be destroyed.”

Reacting to Trump’s remarks in a statement to Mediaite, White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said:

President Biden has put his foot down when it comes to vile and unhinged Antisemitic rhetoric. As Antisemitic crimes and acts of hate have increased across the world – among them the deadliest attack committed against the Jewish people since the Holocaust – leaders have an obligation to call hate what it is and bring Americans together against it. There is no justification for spreading toxic, false stereotypes that threaten fellow citizens. None. Like President Biden said, he was moved to run for President when he saw Neo Nazis chanting ‘the same Antisemitic bile that was heard in Germany in the 1930s’ in Charlottesville.

Bates concluded, “He will never give hate any safe harbor, including today.”

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