Lillian Pinkus, the new president of AIPAC, said in a statement, “While we may have policy differences, we deeply respect the office of the President of the United States and our President Barack Obama."
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“There are people in our AIPAC family who were deeply hurt last night and for that we are deeply sorry,” Pinkus said, her voice choking. “We are deeply disappointed that so many people applauded a sentiment that we neither agree with or condone.”
Launching a critique of Obama’s U.N. policy, Trump, a real estate magnate, started a sentence Monday evening, “With President Obama in his final year –“ Then he stopped himself and said “Yay!”
Cheers, laughter and applause arose from the crowd packed into the Verizon Center, a sports arena used by the lobby for the first time to accommodate record-breaking numbers.
“He may be the worst thing to ever happen to Israel, believe me, believe me,” Trump said. “And you know it and you know it better than anybody.”
Pinkus said AIPAC does not “countenance ad hominem attacks.”
“We take great offense at those that are levied against the president of the United States of America from our stage,” she said.
According to reports, hundreds walked out during Trump's speech at the packed Verizon Center.
To be very honest, I was a bit impressed that Trump pulled himself together, for the most part, in giving this speech (until the snark creeped in). Had he been more of this Donald Trump the entire campaign, I think he'd be much more of a threat. But he just couldn't help himself....