The National Jewish Democratic Council today denounced comments made by former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee in the strongest possible terms after the Republican presidential candidate stated that President Obama is leading Israelis “to the door of the oven.” The organization called on the numerous Republican presidential candidates to denounce the offensive remarks at once, noting that the field had no such qualms about doing so when Donald Trump launched a personal attack at fellow Republican Sen. John McCain.
According to a just-announced poll by the Los Angeles Jewish Journal, the American Jewish community is solidly behind the White House in supporting the nuclear agreement with Iran - even more so than the population at large. Led by Steven M. Cohen, Research Professor at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive, the poll finds that 49 percent of American Jews support the deal, compared to 31 percent against it. Similarly, 53 percent of respondents believe that Congress should ratify the agreement, compared to 31 percent opposed.
Yesterday in Columbus, OH, Gov. John Kasich became the 16th Republican to officially launch a presidential campaign. While the former congressman and current Ohio governor is attempting to frame himself as a "compassionate conservative," the facts point to the truth - Gov. Kasich is just as extremist and far-right as his fellow Republican candidates.
Yesterday, the conservative magazine National Review published a piece on presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders that went far beyond the boundaries of a normal political critique. Ian Millhiser of ThinkProgress writes:
[Kevin] Williamson’s article, “Bernie’s Strange Brew of Nationalism and Socialism,” which was published two weeks ago but became available on the conservative magazine’s website on Monday, is not a model of clarity. It bounces between criticism of Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ trade policies and quotes from some of Sanders’ least thoughtful supporters. Yet, as the title of the article suggests, Williamson does come to a bold conclusion — Bernie Sanders is a literal Nazi who is leading a literal Nazi movement in the United States.
After taking the time to read and discuss the nuclear deal between the P5+1 nations and Iran, the National Jewish Democratic Council announced their strong support of the agreement and the White House. The organization’s leadership stated that after reading the text of the agreement, consulting with nuclear experts and giving the issue much discussion, NJDC has found that the deal accomplishes the core goals of negotiations and will ultimately lead to a safer and more secure region.
As we at the NJDC have consistently stated, there is no room for Holocaust rhetoric or Nazi comparisons in our public and political discourse today. This includes apparent attempts by a leading Republican presidential candidate to compare Adolf Hitler to... himself.
Alex Griswold at Mediaite reports:
Donald Trump accidentally tweeted a patriotic image of his face that included Nazi soldiers instead of American ones.
The United States and the P5+1 nations announced today that they have come to an agreement with Iran to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons. The National Jewish Democratic Council called for a thoughtful and thorough review of the agreement, while praising the administration for its efforts throughout the process.
Speaking via video at the Christians United for Israel Summit in Washington, D.C. today, former Governor Jeb Bush waded into the waters of foreign policy by accusing President Obama of not being a strong ally of Israel. Given Pres. Obama's record on Israel, it's puzzling to think what Gov. Bush might consider a "strong ally" of Israel to be.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the presidency today, bringing the number of announced candidates up to 15. The National Jewish Democratic Council slammed Gov. Walker’s candidacy, noting his extreme record of divisiveness and blatant disregard for everyday American workers and, indeed, any group that does not find itself in the governor’s immediate circle of supporters.
After surveying an unidentified group of “opinion elites,” Republican pollster Frank Luntz now contends that Democrats have lost their support for Israel. In a column for the Jerusalem Post, Doulgas Bloomfield challenges the legitimacy of such findings. Bloomfield writes:
How credible is this poll? Consider this: it was conducted by a highly partisan Republican pollster who surveyed 802 “highly educated, high income... opinion elites” – not rank and file or members of Congress – that he selected to measure partisan American attitudes toward Israel...