Jews who would typically support the Republican nominee for president are fairly silent in terms of their support for the nominee in this upcoming election. Ninety-five percent of Jewish donations are going to Hillary Clinton with only 5 percent going to Donald Trump. This is a huge fall from the 29 percent of Jewish donations that went to the Republican nominee in 2012.
Here is a key passage from Jason Berger’s op-ed in Washington Jewish Week:
Ever since the RJC’s endorsement, the group has not publicly supported Trump with any kind of real action. Outside of Trump’s recent meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the RJC has tweeted about Trump or his campaign exactly once — to welcome Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as the vice presidential candidate on the GOP ticket. And since May, it hasn’t mentioned Trump’s name in any advertising materials.
Throughout the 2012 election, on the other hand, the RJC loudly supported Romney, posting videos on YouTube, buying billboard ad space, and actively seeking media coverage. RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks and former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, an RJC board member, both wrote pieces in support of Romney. They have not done the same this year. In fact, in March, Coleman wrote an op-ed in the Star Tribune titled, “I will never vote for Donald Trump.”
If the voice of Republican Jewish Americans is not supporting Trump, then Republican Jews should not vote for him. Throughout the campaign, Trump has proved he is not worthy of the Jewish vote. At the RJC’s Presidential Candidates Forum, he raised eyebrows by saying, “I’m a negotiator like you folks, we are negotiators,” Trump said. “Is there anybody that doesn’t renegotiate deals in this room? This room negotiates them — perhaps more than any other room I’ve ever spoken in.”
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