CA Rep Katie Hill says She's not Surprised by Trump's Jewish Comments

Ameera Butt
August 21, 2019 - 3:07 pm

This week President Donald Trump found himself in hot water after comments he made to reporters about voting, Jews and Democrats. 

"Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they are defending these two people over the state of Israel?" Trump said according to an Associated Press story.  "I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty."

That struck a chord with Jewish Americans, some Jewish American leaders, and organizations across the country and Democrats.

California Rep. Katie Hill from Santa Clarita joined KNX In-Depth hosts Charles Feldman and Mike Simpson Wednesday afternoon to discuss her district, Trump and more. 

She's part of a freshman class of Democrats who were made of mostly women, mostly progressives and many of them have found themselves as targets of President Trump.

"I don't know who he thinks he is. He's not Jewish, he's not somebody who has any right to say what people's opinions should be on the matter."

She said it's also another example of "a lack of consideration for any kind of cultural competency."

She said she's not surprised and that people will see this happen over and over again.  

"Jewish people have every right to be offended," she said.

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The comments come amid back-and-forth barbs with two Congresswomen of color who are also Muslim, Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. In July, Trump told Omar, Tlaib and Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts to "go back" to the countries they came from. Three out of the four were born in the U.S.

Last week, based on comments from Trump, Israel barred both Tlaib and Omar from traveling to the country then backtracked and granted permission for Tlaib to see her aged grandmother based on humanitarian conditions, but she ultimately refused to travel there. 

Trump's comments on American Jews drew some swift criticism from Jewish organizations Wednesday.

"At a time when anti-Semitic incidents have increased — due to the president's emboldening of white nationalism — Trump is repeating an anti-Semitic trope," said Halie Soifer, executive director of the Jewish Democratic Council of America in the AP story.

Meanwhile, the Republican Jewish Coalition, a coalition that says it provides a unique bridge between the Jewish community and Republican decision-makers., said in a tweet that "We take the President seriously, not literally. President Trump is pointing out the obvious: for those who care about Israel, the position of many elected Democrats has become anti-Israel."

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