Adam Schiff Tells Tapper Only Trump Believes ‘There are Good People on Both Sides of a Nazi Rally’
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff ripped Donald Trump for accusing Democrats of anti-Semitism, noting that it’s not the Democratic Party that believes that there are good people on both sides of a Nazi rally. There’s just one party and one party leader who believes that, and that’s Donald Trump.”
On Sunday morning’s edition of CNN’s State of the Union, host Jake Tapper played a clip of Trump claiming that “the Democrats have even allowed the terrible scourge of anti- Semitism to take root in their party and in their country,” remarks he made at the Republican Jewish Coalition Convention in Las Vegas.
“You’re one of the highest-ranking Jewish members of Congress. What’s your response?” Tapper asked.
“Well, I hate to even dignify those remarks,” Schiff said, then responded to the remarks at length.
“Look, it’s not the Democratic Party that believes that there are good people on both sides of a Nazi rally,” Schiff said. “There’s just one party and one party leader who believes that, and that’s Donald Trump.”
Schiff was referring to Trump’s remarks in the wake of the white supremacist murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville.
“If there’s anything that is likely to cement the relationship between the Democratic Party and the Jewish community, it’s the presidency of Donald Trump,” Schiff continued. “The lack of character and values that are certainly inconsistent with Jewish values, I think, are only consolidating support in the Jewish community.”
He added that Trump “needs to look inward when it comes to the rise of anti-Semitism in the country and his own actions and his own words and how that may fuel some of the rise and hate that we see, not just in the form of anti-Semitism, but the rise in active hate of all kinds.”
Tapper asked Schiff if he’s “concerned at all about some of the rhetoric that has been expressed by Democratic members of Congress and their support for the BDS movement to boycott Israel? Does this not concern you at all?”
“I certainly don’t support the BDS movement,” Schiff said. “And, yes, there are isolated comments by members of our caucus that I have strongly condemned as being anti-Semitic.”
“But it’s one thing when you have a few members who make comments, and it’s another when the president of the United States makes comments like he did in Charlottesville or about Charlottesville,” Schiff concluded. “There’s quite a difference. I’m very proud of our leadership and its condemnation of anti- Semitism. We will continue to speak out. We will continue to take action to try to combat this scourge. But I don’t think the president is helping by trying to divide us this way.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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