By Joseph Frager, MD

President Trump does not mince words. He gets right to the point. He cuts right to the chase. Truth is not easy to swallow.

However, truth is essential for civilization to thrive and endure. The president did not get to be a highly successful businessman and president of the United States by beating around the bush and avoiding truth.

The media just does not like hearing the truth. They would rather listen to Representative Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota, and Representative Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan, spout one untruth after another.

Most of the Muslim world is still in the Middle Ages because of people like Omar and Tlaib. Civilization cannot grow and thrive if lies and distortions rule the roost. Unfortunately, this is precisely why the Muslim world cannot get out of its box.

It isn’t that Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are hurting Israel, it is because they are harming America that it is important to call them out. And it isn’t just the Democratic Party that is suffering from their misinformation campaign, it is the American people who are losing the most.

The President was being honest and forthright when he asked, ”Where has the Democratic Party gone? … I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”

Jonathan Greenblatt of the ADL said it was unclear to whom Trump felt Jews were disloyal. To me it was very clear. The President was making the case that Jews should want to support Israel against Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. He was saying what most Jews felt but were afraid to say.

If the Democrats were critical of these two, the President may not have said what he did. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party has lurched to the left and given a free pass to two Congresswomen who should have been censured, roundly criticized and removed from their committee assignments.

The President has become the Defender of Israel and the Jewish People. He should be praised and complimented by all Jews for his unwavering support.

The President has done more to take on Israel haters and bashers than any President in history. His ‘disloyalty’ comments have nothing to do with American Jews’ loyalty to America. He was drilling down deep to rouse the Jewish People with his remarks. I believe in the long term he has been successful. Instead of being scolded, he should be honored.

Dr. Joseph Frager, a New York gastroenterologist, is active in pro-Israel causes and is vice president of the National Council of Young Israel. 

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