As has been seen countless times over the past few years, leftist protesters like to infiltrate the rallies and speeches held by President Donald Trump in order to disrupt them, but the tactic has grown stale and Trump tends to take it all in stride.
Disruptions by protesters occurred yet again on Saturday while the president addressed a gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas, but he allowed the crowd’s noise and security to take care of that problem while he waited at the podium, delivering a cheer-inducing humorous quip once all was said and done.
Trump counters protesters with humor
Trump had only just begun his speech to the crowd of predominately conservative Jews in Las Vegas when self-professed liberal Jews stood up and starting chanting against the president and nation of Israel.
The protesters, who held signs protesting Israeli settlements in the Palestinian-controlled West Bank, shouted in unison, “Jews are here to say, the Occupation is a plague. Jews are here to say, white nationalism is a plague.”
It didn’t take long before those chants were drowned out by a chorus of boos, followed by a roaring chant of “USA!” from the pro-Trump crowd, which in turn led to a chant of “Four more years!” as the protesters were led out of the venue by security.
Trump couldn’t help but smile and flash a thumbs up as the crowd overwhelmingly shut down the protesters’ bid for attention, and following all the commotion, he said of one of the protesters, “He’s gone back home to mommy. He will be reprimanded.”
Left-wing anti-Israel protesters
The protesters were from a left-wing anti-Israel group known as IfNotNow, which lists as its primary objectives: “Stop the War on Gaza, End the Occupation, and Freedom and Dignity for All. The group released a lengthy statement following the event, claiming credit for the disruptions by 10 protesters and linking their actions to the Jewish holiday of Passover in remembrance of their people’s past travails with slavery and oppression.
“We took action today two weeks before the Jewish holiday of Passover, when Jews are commanded to remember the bitterness of slavery and our own oppression. Trump is a modern-day Pharaoh, and IfNotNow calls on our community to reject the plagues of Occupation and white nationalism,” the statement said.
“RJC’s embrace of Trump and Netanyahu goes against the Jewish moral tradition by giving political cover to their racist, violent agendas — which are a threat to people around the world and to the future of the American Jewish community,” the group added.
The statement went on to accuse Trump, Republicans, and the current Israeli administration — as well as all who support them — of embracing racism, white nationalism and even anti-Semitism, and quite hypocritically slammed American Jewish billionaire and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson while defending leftist billionaire and Democratic donor George Soros from any and all criticism.
President Trump could have shown his annoyance at the blatant disruption of his speech, and he could have even ignored it as he waited for it to pass, but he instead directly addressed it in a humorous fashion that provoked laughs and cheers from the crowd.