- Trump asked the audience at the Republican Jewish Coalition ‘Is there anyone in this room who doesn’t negotiate deals?’
- The GOP frontrunner, who is self-funding his campaign, also said the crowd ‘stupidly’ wanted to give money to candidates
- He also said the crowd wanted to ‘control their politician’
- The comment was criticized by former George W. Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer, who tweeted ‘What the hell does that mean?’
- The Times of Israel also spoke out against Trump for invoking ‘offensive and even anti-Semitic stereotypes’
- Trump also received boos from the audience when he would not endorse Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital
Donald Trump has come under fire making comments at the Republican Jewish Coalition that critics said reiterated ‘offensive stereotypes’ about people of the Jewish faith.
‘I’m a negotiator – like you folks,’ the Republican presidential hopeful told the crowd, before later asking ‘Is there anyone in this room who doesn’t negotiate deals?’
‘Probably more than any room I’ve ever spoken to.’
Trump later told the crowd he knew they weren’t going to support him because he was self-funding his campaign. Republican Donald Trump addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition in downtown Washington DC on Thursday – but told them he does not expect to receive their support
‘I don’t want your money, therefore you’re probably not going to support me because stupidly, you want to give money. Trump doesn’t want money.’
‘Even though he’s better than all of these guys. Even though he’s going to do more for Israel than anybody else. You want to control your own politician.’
Former George W. Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer tweeted out Trump’s latter comment and asked ‘What the hell does that mean?’ One audience member later joked to Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin that the GOP frontrunner’s jokes made them throw up so many times they needed a mint.