Billionaire presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg said he will charge Americans with “domestic terrorism” for “hate crimes” if elected and bashed “nativists” in America before affirming his commitment to Israel remaining a “Jewish state” in a recent interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
From JTA.org, “Mike Bloomberg: Anti-Semitism is a problem on the right and the left. Here’s how I’d combat it from day one.”:
[BLOOMBERG:] Anti-Semitic violence is on the rise. We’ve seen it in the New York area — including the recent horrific attacks in Jersey City — and across the country. As a Jew, as an American and as a human being, I am deeply disturbed every time I hear about these hate crimes.
[…] When the president calls his supporters “real Americans” — an echo of the language that nativists, anti-Semites and the KKK used for many decades — he undermines our fundamental national values.
When he is silent — and even supportive, through his words and tweets — as racist groups spread hate, he puts the public safety of our communities at risk.
When he promotes conspiracy theories that are built on lies and prejudice, we must remember: Anti-Semitism is the original conspiracy theory.
A world in which a president traffics in conspiracy theories is a world in which Jews are not safe.
[…] I will label hate crimes as “domestic terrorism” — and charge perpetrators accordingly…
Bloomberg went on to say it’s a “solemn obligation” of the United States to ensure Israel remains a “Jewish state”:
Israel is the closest and most reliable U.S. ally in the Middle East. And I believe guaranteeing the survival of a democratic, Jewish state in the Holy Land is a solemn obligation of the United States, as it has been for more than half a century. […]
Let me be clear: I strongly oppose the BDS movement. And I vehemently disagree with everyone who fails to see why the Jewish people deserve a permanent Jewish state.