Trump Weighs in on Pro-Palestine Protests With 4-Word Response

( Pro-Palestine protests erupted across college campuses in the United States in April, leading numerous lawmakers and the Biden administration to speak out against alleged anti-Semitism at the demonstrations. Former US President Donald Trump joined in opposing the protests, distilling his thoughts into just four words: “Stop the protests now.”

Trump has repeatedly affirmed his support for Israel, including by recognizing Jerusalem as its capital and taking steps to move the US embassy to the city. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, also converted to Judaism prior to marrying Jared Kushner, who is also Jewish. Trump has also claimed that Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel would never have happened if he were still in the White House.

Approximately 1,200 Israelis were killed during the October 7 attack, which prompted an Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip. The campus protests have been critical of the Israeli military’s actions in the Palestinian enclave, where tens of thousands of people have been killed, according to local authorities.

Like Trump, US President Joe Biden has also spoken out against “anti-Semitic” protests on college campuses. Biden condemned such protests but also condemned people who “don’t understand” what is happening to Palestinians.

Independent US Senator Bernie Sanders, who comes from a Jewish family, has argued that it is not anti-Semitic to speak out against the actions of the Israeli government. However, other lawmakers have cited purported intimidation and harassment of Jewish students as evidence of anti-Semitism at some of the protests.

Trump’s calls to halt the protests are in seeming contradiction to his support for campus free speech as president. In 2019, Trump signed an executive order, which would allow the government to withhold federal funding from educational institutions that restrict freedom of speech on their campuses. Although, the line between free speech and criminal activity can get blurred when protests disrupt campus activities or involve threats to students.

The protests are likely to end before Election Day in November, but if they were to continue under a potential second Trump administration, it seems as though Trump would be willing to use his power as president to shut them down.

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