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David Friedman Blasts Jews Who Call Trump Anti-Semitic as ‘Morons’

David Friedman has a way with words.

Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. ambassador to Israel is already being slammed for calling liberal Jews “worse than kapos” in a column on a far-right website.

Now, a November interview in which Friedman said that Senator Al Franken and others who accused the Trump campaign of anti-Semitism “sound like morons” is circulating on social media.

Asked by the website Jewish Insider about accusations that a Trump campaign ad trafficked in anti-Semitic tropes, Friedman lashed out at the Anti-Defamation League.

“Lloyd Blankfein is the head of Goldman Sachs,” Friedman said. “He’s not being criticized because he’s Jewish; he’s being criticized because he runs a bank that has extraordinarily close ties to Hillary Clinton and has paid her almost $1 million to give speeches that Hillary Clinton tried to keep secret.”

Since his election victory, Trump has nominated three Goldman Sachs Group Inc. officials to senior positions in his administration.

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