Roseanne Barr defended President Trump’s relationship to the Jewish community while warning that Jews need to begin arming themselves for self-defense.
The actress and comedian spoke about whether Jews should consider buying guns as she hailed the president’s actions and words in the wake of recent anti-Semitism, during a conversation with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
“He’s an advocate for Jewish American citizens … and he’s been a friend to Jewish people in this country and all around the world — and to Christians, too,” she said of Trump during an interview on the “Rabbi Shmuley Podcast” which aired Tuesday.
She explained how the president is an advocate for all in America, even those who hate him and she predicted a “light” would go on soon for those who have refused to see the positive impact his administration has had on the economy and in other areas.
“Thank God for the United States of America,” Barr said at one point, commending the U.S. for its protective policies while she called out divisive Democrats as one of the reasons for the rise in anti-Semitism in the U.S.
”People are being elected to sit in the hallowed halls of the House of Representatives and spouting Nazi doctrine,” she said, but clarified that it is not only Jews who are under attack but all “people at prayer,” admitting she fears if someone other than Trump is elected in 2020.
In an Executive Order signed earlier this month, Trump took aim at anti-Semitism and targeted college campuses by interpreting Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include protection, with the Department of Education empowered to withhold federal funding from any college or educational program found to be in violation.
Jews need to “fight force with force. That’s the only way you do it,” she said, warning that eventually armed guards would be needed at all places of worship, not just for Jews.
“What starts with the Jews never ends with the Jews,” she added, saying that anti-Semitism is a tool used to divide Americans.
“Yeah, absolutely, like they are in Israel,” she responded to a question on whether Jews should purchase firearms for self-defense.
“You have to defend your community,” she said, adding “And non-Jews, too.”
The most recent hate crimes against Jews – with a Hanukkah stabbing attack at a rabbi’s home in Monsey and an earlier violent attack on a kosher market in New Jersey – have prompted some Jews in New York’s Rockland County to begin open carrying rifles to protect themselves.
“It’s time to wake up and protect yourself. Protect your people, your community, your family. You’re under siege — it’s not B.S.,” Barr told the rabbi, urging him to get a gun. “Of course! And get trained.”
“Make sure that the people representing you agree with you that…we have the right to protect ourselves,” she said.
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