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Republican Strategist Decries Anti-Semitism, Trump’s Effect on GOP: ‘Moral Rot’ Has Infested the Party

After it was revealed that President Donald Trump hopes to strike down birthright citizenship with an executive order, one Republican strategist decried the “moral rot” that had overtaken his party, blaming the commander-in-chief.

In a Tuesday morning interview on MSNBC shortly after Axios published its scoop on Trump’s plan, which would directly conflict with the 150-year-old 14th Amendment, Evan Siegfried lamented the evident transformation of the GOP.

“It’s the moral rot that has infested the Republican party because of what Donald Trump has done, and it’s not just the fear of immigrants,” he said. “Look at what happened with the Tree of Life synagogue.”

Siegfried, who is Jewish, said he witnessed “a great deal of anti-Semitic death threats” in 2016, the year of Trump’s election, adding, “I never thought this country would be capable of that.”

For Siegfried, the matter is a highly personal one, as he recounted that while growing up, he was told by his father to always keep his passport up to date.

“As a kid, I said this is ridiculous — why? He said, ‘You never know when we have to flee because we’re Jews,'” he recalled, adding that he “didn’t understand it until Donald Trump entered the political spectrum.”

The strategist was joined in his concern by MSNBC contributor Eddie Glaude, whose wife is from Jamaica and is a naturalized citizen. Glaude was troubled by the impact Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric would have on younger generations.

“I’m thinking about what it means for children growing up, white children, growing up, hearing other human beings described as infestations, carriers of disease,” he said. “What will it do to their souls?”

Watch the clip above via MSNBC.

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