President Donald Trump quoted one of his top supporters on Tuesday morning to claim that Jews are abandoning the Democratic Party even though the data firmly shows that is not the case.
Trump and Republicans have been desperately trying to portray criticism of Israeli influence on American politics made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) as “anti-Semitic” and demanded the House pass a resolution condemning her. Instead, the resolution backfired on Republicans as many of them refused to vote for it because Democrats broadened it to include hate of any kind, particularly against minorities and the LGBT community.
Republicans are obsessed with turning imaginary anti-Semitism into a 2020 campaign issue that will somehow benefit them. And Trump tried to aid that goal by claiming that Jews are leaving the Democratic Party:
“Jewish people are leaving the Democratic Party. We saw a lot of anti Israel policies start under the Obama Administration, and it got worsts & worse. There is anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party. They don’t care about Israel or the Jewish people.” Elizabeth Pipko, Jexodus.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2019
Pipko is one of Trump’s campaign staffers, so her opinion means absolutely nothing, and Jexodus is a group that his campaign created very recently.
The fact is that nearly 80 percent of Jews voted for Democrats in the 2018 midterm election that gave Democrats control of the House in a rebuke of Trump and the GOP.
Furthermore, Trump’s disapproval rating among Jews is 75 percent.
And many Twitter users pointed out that Trump has much bigger problems among Jewish voters:
You literally said that there were very fine people among the crowd of those chanting “Jews will not replace us” in Charlottesville.
I’m pretty sure us Jews are fine right here in the Democrat party!
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) March 12, 2019
I am Jewish and I can tell you one thing. Jewish people are not leaving the party. They support Democrats and support Democrats’ opposition to the White Supremacist president!
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) March 12, 2019
I mean you were endorsed by David Duke, a KKK leader, who you refused to condemn. Get real.
— James Parkley (@jnarls) March 12, 2019
Uh Jews already had our Exodus. If you read the Bible instead of signing it, you’d know that.
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) March 12, 2019
Elizabeth Pipko works for the Trump campaign . Jexodus is a group that she/they formed last week after the Ilhan criticized Israel. His source for this quote is literally a group his staff created last week. And he wants to cry about fake news lol
— Emad Hasan (@Emadnhasan) March 12, 2019
No Jewish people are leaving the Democratic Party. But a large majority dislike you.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) March 12, 2019
34 of the 36 Jewish members of Congress are democrats.
There are no Jewish Republicans in the Senate.
Democrats won nearly 80 percent of the Jewish vote in 2018 midterms, and polls show show that Trump has about 75 percent disapproval among Jews.
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) March 12, 2019
You support Steve King.
— Joel Gleicher (@JoelG_88) March 12, 2019
Jewish children are giving Bar Mitzvah speeches today about building bridges not walls, as a result of YOU. I’d say Democrats have a lock on Jews for centuries to come.
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) March 12, 2019
No they are not. This is as stupid as the complete fraud known as the Walk Away movement (How’d that go in the midterms?). You think a group of people (myself included) are gravitating toward a party and a president who won’t condemn the Alt-Right and their Nazi friendly beliefs?
— James Kosur (@JamesKosur) March 12, 2019
I’m Jewish. Not leaving the Democratic Party. Staunchly opposed to you and your policies because they fly in the face of Jewish morals and ethics.
— Anonymous White House Official (@dvorakoelling) March 12, 2019
Clearly, Jews are not abandoning the Democratic Party for a party that supports neo-Nazis, especially since Trump is truly guilty of perpetuating anti-Semitic tropes.
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