An Astounding Fact About Trump Supporters

Donald Trump might just be a uniter after all. He’s gotten principled conservatives to abandon their commitment to pro-life, pro-trade, states’ rights and small government policies.

He’s gotten high profile evangelicals to support him after saying he doesn’t need to repent for his sins, essentially because he has none. He claims that he’ll attract Latinos with his taco bowl initiative after calling Mexican illegal immigrants rapists and criminals. And he’s gotten some black leaders like Ben Carson to stand by him while white supremacists viciously defend their Fuhrer. It’s a very strange brew.

But now Trump has done something even I thought was impossible. He’s managed to completely ruffle Jews on both the left and the right as his (and his wife Melania’s) “fans” attack them for nothing more than being Jewish.

Ben Shapiro wrote in National Review:

Trump’s anti-Semitic supporters believe they’ve identified that enemy, even if Trump won’t say it out loud. The anti-Semites believe that Trump’s zero-sum critique of free markets and foreign policy hawkishness, combined with his “America first” posturing, amounts to a rejection of the supposedly Jewish financial lobby on the one hand and the supposedly all-powerful Israel lobby on the other; they believe that Trump’s nationalism without philosophy amounts to an embrace of the blood-and-soil white supremacism they celebrate.

Melania half apologized for her “fans” getting out of hand, like a dog that strains on the leash to bite a stranger. Bad dog!

What’s really astounding here is that Melania’s step-daughter Ivanka is, herself, Jewish.

Ivanka converted in 2009 before her marriage to Jared Kushner. She rarely discusses her conversion or her Judaism. There is the occasional glimpse on her Instagram feed: Shabbat dinner preparations or mishloach manot baskets and costumes for Purim. She is an involved Jew, but not necessarily one that fits the Orthodox stereotype, posting about non-Kosher food and not-tznius outfits on social media.

Is Ivanka’s conversion real? I have some personal experience with this. My step-father converted to Judaism before marrying my Jewish mother. At 50 years old, he even got circumcised (that’s commitment!). Was he the best, most observant Jew? No. But our family wasn’t the best, most observant family before my mother married him. My biological father (who is Jewish by birth) used to drop me off at Shul on Saturday mornings and then pick me up when it was over. He never went.

I’d say that my converted-Jew step-father Danny was a “better Jew”–as in more observant–than my Jewish biological father. So Ivanka is probably doing her best to be a Yiddisha-mama. And, of course, she unquestioningly supports her daddy.

In fact, it’s likely that Ivanka will be one of Trump’s closest advisors should he ascend to office. But do we see the Heil Hitler crowd attacking her? No. They put down their anti-Semitism in fealty to their Lord and Master, Trump. They are his leash dogs, like the conservatives, the evangelicals, and the disaffected middle-class whites. They only attack those who attack their Master, but not the Master or his family.

Nothing could be a bigger red flag that Trump’s appeal is akin to a cult of personality. He attracts supporters from every quarter who are looking for someone to blame. Those supporters hear his dog whistles but only when they come from their new Master. The supporters stay loyal to their Master but stay in line when the Master does something completely anathema to their own beliefs.

They only hear their Master’s voice, and Trump is never wrong, no matter how incoherent or contradictory his statements. That, my friend, is astounding. Sociologists will study the Trump phenomenon for years after this election cycle.

Those who follow Trump: Jews, those who call Jews “kikes,” blacks, those who want blacks to “go back to Africa,” evangelicals, those who want Christ-followers out of the public square, have joined a cult. Nothing good can come of that.

 

Dear David Horowitz: There’s No Such Thing As A ‘Renegade Jew’

Breitbart News published a rather un-PC headline with David Horowitz calling Bill Kristol a Republican spoiler and a “renegade Jew.” Yes, Horowitz “dropped the hard ‘J’.”  So if Trump’s Alter Cocker want to open a can of Chutzpah on the #NeverTrump crowd, it’s only Gerekhtikayt that I respond with a fair Tuchas Shlogn. After all, those Putzes started it, not me.

Let’s keep it between us Jews though. Andrew Breitbart was a Jew by birth, but an atheist by (un)belief. Horowitz wrote that he’s a half-hearted American Jew. His entire argument comes in the last paragraph.

I am a Jew who has never been to Israel and has never been a Zionist in the sense of believing that Jews can rid themselves of Jew hatred by having their own nation state.

I actually half agree with half of that. I am also a Jew who has never been to Israel. I also don’t believe that Israel, as a nation state, will stop Jew hatred. But I disagree on the nature of the conclusion because I have a Biblical worldview and Horowitz does not.

Donald Trump is bad for America (and by extension, Israel, and the free world) because he’s an amoral God mocker. Israel exists because God promised it would four thousand years ago. The ingathering of the Jews under one banner has been foretold many times in the Old and New Testaments.

The remainder of Horowitz’s attack on Kristol’s anti-Trump betrayal of Jewishness claims that Hillary would be a worse enemy of Israel than Trump.

But half of world Jewry now lives in Israel, and the enemies whom Obama and Hillary have empowered — Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, ISIS, and Hamas — have openly sworn to exterminate the Jews. I am also an American (and an American first), whose country is threatened with destruction by the same enemies. To weaken the only party that stands between the Jews and their annihilation, and between America and the forces intent on destroying her, is a political miscalculation so great and a betrayal so profound as to not be easily forgiven.

Again, I half agree with half of it. Yes, Hillary surrounds herself with self-hating Jews and rabid Israel haters. But claiming that Trump will somehow strengthen the GOP and make it more friendly to Israel is simply Mishegoss (craziness). The stongest support for Israel comes more from conservative Christians than from liberal Jews. Israel knows this.

Israelis love American Jews for their money and their cultural ties–secular Israelis that is. Religious Israelis despise most non-Orthodox American Jews, whom they see as meddlers without commitment to the faith. Israelis are socially liberal, but their eyes have opened to the Democratic Party’s poisoned vein of pro-Palestinian favoritism. They know what Hillary represents.

They are learning what Trump represents. With his alt-right Jew-hating America First racist brigade, Israel fears Trump. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied Trump an endorsement, leading to the billionaire to cancel his Israel photo-op trip. Netanyahu has no illusions of what an America First movement means. Far from stabilizing Israeli relationships with moderate Muslims, Trump will inflame them against Israel.

No Republican candidate in modern Israel’s existence represents a greater threat to Israel than Trump. With Hillary, at least the GOP can stand for Israel. With Trump, both parties threaten her. For a Jew to not see that is truly blind.

In the rest of his piece, Horowitz makes the same threadbare moral comparisons we’ve seen coming from the left for decades. Trump isn’t so bad, because he’s not worse than Mike Tyson, whom Horowitz spent three paragraphs painting as a penitent man. Trump isn’t a conspiracy theorist because he only quoted the National Enquirer–we can’t prove he believed it. And it’s all part of “campaign mischief,” which he accused Ted Cruz of doing.

Although Cruz fired his campaign communications director, while Trump stood behind his sewer-dwelling body man Corey Lewandowski. Trump never said a poor word about Roger Stone’s plan to foment actual violence at the Cleveland convention. He hired Paul Manafort, who spent decades defending Saudi interests and brutish dictators. Horowitz dismissed those things as trivial (because he never mentioned them at all). But he brought up Liz Mair’s Facebook ad featuring Melania Trump and blamed that on Cruz.

Horowitz’s most devastating defense of Trump is this:

Their chief justification for opposing Trump is that he is not a “constitutional conservative” and in fact is “without principles” and therefore dangerous. The evidence offered is that he has supported Democrats in the past and changed his positions on important issues.

Here Horowitz resorted to the truth, using the old trick of adding “scare quotes” like the truth isn’t really true. Yes, in fact, Trump is not a constitutional conservative. Yes, in fact, he is without principles and therefore dangerous. The evidence of his support of Democrats and his flip-flops is, in fact, true. Trump’s jailhouse conversion to (barely) conservative positions is about as believable as Mike Tyson’s repentance.

We Jews don’t have to stick together on politics (or food, or baseball, or who makes the best bagels). If you put three Jews in a room you’ll have four opinions on any given topic, so there’s no such thing as a “renegade Jew.” It’s a made up thing. The only thing Jews have in common is that we love to argue.

Accusing Bill Kristol of being a renegade Jew because he sees Trump clearly doesn’t make Horowitz a Mensch. It makes him a Shmendrick. And a Putz. But at heart we all have a little Putz in us. It’s part of our family DNA–just between us Jews.

An Appeal To Jews: Stop Trump, Stop Hillary For Your Own Sake

My sister lives in Chicago. She has been a lifelong Democrat, like my mother before her. I was the first in our Jewish family to become a “black sheep” conservative, although some of my other siblings have joined me on the dark side of the blue fence. In 2008, you couldn’t find a bigger cheerleader for Barack Obama than my sister. The man walked on water. He fed 5,000 with a few loaves and fishes. Jews don’t think much of Jesus Christ, but Barack Obama was about as close as you would get.

If you asked her now, you’d hear a different story. At some point during Obama’s time in office, she soured on him. She’s not the only one (from April 2015, Washington Post).

Liberalism has kept American Jews overwhelmingly tied to the Democratic Party. But past history is a guide until it isn’t anymore. Pew tells us:

Obama’s proposed deal with Iran, in light of Israeli concerns about it, could significantly weaken long-standing Jewish American allegiances to the Democratic Party. Gallup recently reported approval of Obama among Jews declining from 64 percent in 2013 to 54 percent in 2015, and went on to note that highly religious Jews in the Gallup sample were least positive about the president.

With a Democratic Party increasingly leaning toward the Palestinian cause, Hillary Clinton is no longer the true-blue friend of Israel that Jews have expected from their liberal friends. And that’s what I want to address directly with my fellow Jews.

I don’t care if you’re a lapsed Jew, if you haven’t seen Hebrew since your Bar Mitzvah, or if you never even got Bar Mitzvahed. I don’t care if you have a “CoExist” bumper sticker on your Nissan Leaf, right next to the Greenpeace sticker. I don’t care if you are an anti-missionary, full-on Orthodox Jew who sees followers of Jesus like me as the enemy (I’m not your enemy). I need you to read this and pay attention.

Hillary Clinton is not your friend. I think you sense this. Her support of Obama’s Iran deal, which puts Israel’s existence in more danger than it’s ever faced, places her squarely in the “unacceptable” column for many of you. It’s always been okay, even chic, for liberal American Jews to lob stones at Israel, because (I used to think this way) “I support Israel as a nation, but not its government.” The Holy Land, Eretz Yisroel, that’s a God thing, a heritage thing. But their government is fair game.

But now the line has been crossed. In supporting what every politician in Israel opposes–the Iran deal–Obama and the Democrats have stepped over the line from chic to dangerous. And Hillary is painted by the same brush. She listens and agrees with such anti-Zionists as self-hating Jew Max Blumenthal, whose boorish father Sidney is a senior Clinton adviser.

Blumenthal was clearly a man whose advice Hillary trusted and she was willing to pay him $10,000 a month for his services. However the information coming to light paints a troubled picture.

What they show is a slew of anti-Israel writings and opinions, many of which originated from articles written by Blumenthal’s own son, Max Blumenthal.

Max is a writer and self-declared “anti-Zionist,” known for his active support of the BDS movement and his calls for the dismantling of the State of Israel. He trolls pro-Israel writers, as I can personally attest. Max’s widely panned 2013 book Goliath, Life and Loathing in Greater Israel is full of anti-Israel rants, omissions and outright lies. In it, he repeatedly compares the Jewish state to Nazi Germany, and advocates that the majority of Jews currently living in Israel must be removed from the land to make way for a Palestinian state. Mimicking the Islamic State’s acronym ISIL, Max created the hashtag #JSIL – Jewish State in the Levant. To Max, the democratic State of Israel and Islamic State are morally equivalent entities.

The fact that Clinton has drunk (as her released emails show) from such a poisoned well is dangerous enough (there’s actually more and I’ll get to that). But Clinton agreed with Blumenthal.

Max also writes, “Most of all, they yearn to live in a land like Israel that privileges its ethnic majority above all others to the point that it systematically humiliates and dispossesses the swarthy racial outclass.” He adds, “The endgame of the far-right is to make Europe less tolerant and more Israeli.”

What was Hillary’s response to this racist, anti-Israel tirade? She writes back to Blumenthal, “A very smart piece – as usual.”

Before her speech to AIPAC in March of 2010, Blumenthal sent Hillary a column written by Uri Avnery claiming Israel was pursuing goals contrary to the United States’ interests while “starting a rebellion” against the US.

Hillary’s response to Blumenthal was, “I have to speak to AIPAC tomorrow.

How – and should I – use this?” Blumenthal responds that with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Hillary should, “Hold Bibi’s [Netanyahu’s] feet to the fire.”

I could go on. There’s plenty there. Hillary will be no friend of Israel. She will continue Obama’s despicable policy of interfering with Israeli elections, in effect attempting regime change in our staunchest ally in the Middle East.

As a Jew, you don’t want Hillary Clinton in the White House. That is, unless you enjoy seeing what’s happening in Europe with Jews fleeing open hostility and persecution. You might think that could never happen here, but you’re wrong. There’s plenty of Jew hatred to go around, and those people don’t discriminate between Jews with “CoExist” bumper stickers and Jews who have beards, black coats and yarmelkes.

“Nu?” you say. “So I’ll vote for Bernie, he’s a Jew.” Sure. But Bernie’s a lost cause. He will not win the Democratic nomination short of Hillary’s indictment (and it’s not even clear he’d win in that event). The fix has always been in, with super delegates all pledged to Hillary. And now, with nearly half the delegates to win the nomination already in her pocket, with only 31 percent of primary delegates awarded, it’s nearly a certainty Hillary will win and Sanders will lose.

A vote for Sanders is a useless gesture if you care about keeping Hillary from the White House.

But there’s another race that’s equally perilous for Jews. I think you know what I’m talking about: Donald Trump very well may win the GOP nomination. But he’s not a certainty by any means. Trump says he opposes Obama’s Iran deal, but only because he said Obama did an incompetent job negotiating it. He doesn’t necessarily oppose Iran on principled grounds. It’s just another deal to “make America great again” to Trump.

Trump was endorsed (he finally repudiated it) by David Duke, and here’s the connection with Hillary and Blumenthal I alluded to earlier. Blumenthal wrote a book in 2013 that was so anti-Israel, so full of blood libels and outright lies, that even serious critics of Israel couldn’t stomach it.

His opinions are seen as radical leftist claptrap even by Left-leaning detractors of the Jewish state. The Nation columnist Eric Alterman – himself a critic of Israel’s presence in the West bank – described how the book “could have been published by the Hamas Book-of-the-Month Club.” J. J. Goldberg of The Forward described Goliath as an “unpleasant book.” By contrast, David Duke, the racist former Klu Klux Klan leader, praised Blumenthal’s book.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are not just fellow travelers in New York (the Clintons attended Trump’s wedding and he considers them good friends), but they both share a dangerous affinity in attracting anti-Semites to their orbit.

Donald Trump claimed to be pro-Israel because he served as grand marshal for the Israel parade in New York in 2004. He talks a good game, and has expressed his support of Israel.  But it’s not all wine and roses with Trump, who finds himself on both sides of nearly every issue.

On December 3, Trump told members of the Republican Jewish Coalition that he suspects many members won’t back him because he is rich and doesn’t want their contributions.

Trump may have thought he was making a joke, but the Israeli media saw his comments as reinforcing anti-Semitic stereotyping of Jews as rich people who “control the world” and can “buy” elections with their money.

And then Trump said during the Charleston, S.C. GOP debate, “Let me be sort of a neutral guy,” in respect to the Israel/Palestinian conflict. You can’t be pro-Israel and neutral at the same time. Especially when you say things like the U.S. military under Trump would take out the families of ISIS terrorists. What kind of megalomaniacal despot would Trump become? The Times of Israel and other Jewish media have raised these questions.

On the other hand, Ted Cruz stands with Israel, in praise or in persecution, or when he’s booed by Christians and leaves the stage at a Middle East Christian conference.

“Christians have no greater ally than Israel,” he said, at which point members of the crowd began to yell “stop it” and booed him.

“Those who hate Israel hate America,” he continued, as the boos and calls for him to leave the stage got louder. “Those who hate Jews hate Christians. If those in this room will not recognize that, then my heart weeps. If you hate the Jewish people you are not reflecting the teachings of Christ. And the very same people who persecute and murder Christians right now, who crucify Christians, who behead children, are the very same people who target Jews for their faith, for the same reason.”

The cries of “stop it, stop it, enough,” and booing continued. “Out, out, leave the stage!” At this point IDC’s president, Toufic Baaklini, came out to the stage to ask for the crowd to listen to Cruz, but Cruz had already had enough.

“If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews,” he said. “Then I will not stand with you. Good night, and God bless.” And with that, he walked off the stage.

That’s a far cry from “I’m a neutral guy.” You might not agree with Cruz’s stance on social issues like gay marriage, or his support of conservative causes and economic plans. But at this point, Ted Cruz, along with Marco Rubio, is likely the only person capable of stopping Donald Trump from securing the GOP nomination.

And if Trump gets the nomination, Hillary Clinton wins the White House. And even if by some miracle or sorcery Trump beats Hillary, it’s really no better for Jews. I say this as a conservative Republican Jew who follows Yeshua (Christ) but remains very much in touch with my Jewish spiritual and historical heritage. I say it mostly as a Jew who worries about the rise of worldwide anti-Semitism that hasn’t been seen since the 1930’s.

What can Jews do? If you live in Florida, and you’re a Republican, for one thing, don’t vote for Trump. If Cruz and Rubio form a unity ticket, which may be the only useful way to stop Trump, then vote for Cruz. If Rubio stays independent, and can win Florida, vote for Rubio. Wait right up to the time you walk into the poll because things change daily. Stay informed.

If you’re not a Republican, and you’re in Florida, you could vote for Bernie Sanders, but that’s a waste of time, and it’s too late to change your voter registration. But you can tell others. Call your friends and relatives in New York or other states (it seems like every Jew has a New York relative, at least I do, and that’s not a stereotype, it’s a fact).

Let’s use that Jewish chutzpah to make a statement that matters. If you’re a liberal, read Salon’s piece that begins “If you are a Jew, you should be very afraid of Donald Trump.” Show it to your liberal friends. Remind them of how anti-Israel Hillary is.

This election is more important than previous ones regarding Israel, because this may be the one election we have before Iran gets the atomic bomb. If you truly care about Israel and the fate of Jews worldwide, you must make a statement. You must oppose Hillary and Trump. You must support Ted Cruz, friend of Israel.