The Wall Street Journal this morning published this absolutely eye-opening revelation:
In 2012, the current roster of [Republican Jewish Coalition] board members donated at least $16.5 million to GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign and super PAC, and at least a half-dozen were leading fundraisers for him, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of campaign filings. In contrast, these RJC members have given Mr. Trump only $5,400 through May.
That is worth re-reading. It is a difference of $16.5 million to $5,400: a factor of 3,055 times. It’s a bit of an apples-to-oranges comparison since the Trump numbers are only through May, but it is still just truly remarkable. What did we expect, I guess, considering that Trump himself deliberately played into old anti-Semitic stereotypes when he talked to the RJC’s annual confab last December—and got booed for doing it?
The Journal‘s revelation, of course, follows on the heels of both the orange-hued clown’s praising of Palestinian intifada-funding Saddam Hussein and his doubling down on his blatant “Jew money dog whistle” tweet—which, as Mic first reported, actually initiated on a
alt-right neo-Nazi website. The narcissistic vulgarian’s Orthodox Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, came to Trump’s defense on the tweet saga; Kushner was promptly rebuffed by members of his own family for shamelessly invoking his own family’s tragic Holocaust legacy in the name of defending the indefensible.
“We can get into the fact that [Trump] accused my best friend’s father of conspiring to kill JFK. We can go through the fact that he’s made statements that some have identified correctly as religiously intolerant. We can get into the fact that he’s wildly unpopular in my state, in part because my state consists of people who are members of a religious minority church. A people who were ordered exterminated by the governor of Missouri in 1838. And statements like that make them nervous.”
Amen. It brings to mind David Ben-Gurion, the George Washington of the modern State of Israel, who once said that, “There are no people in the world who understand the Jews like the Mormons.” For both Jews and Mormons (and frankly, also anyone else with a healthy fear of authoritarian tyranny), Trump’s indubitably anti-rule of law/proto-fascist/strongman tendencies take on an acutely worrisome feeling.
For now, Mike Lee himself can use his position of influence on the GOP’s Rules Committee to actualize his convictions and help lead a #FreeTheDelegates revolt in Cleveland.