WASHINGTON — In response to President Trump’s remarks before the Israeli American Council’s National Summit yesterday in Florida, Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) Executive Director Halie Soifer said the following:
“The president’s deeply offensive remarks before the Israeli American Council, including his unconscionable repeating of negative stereotypes that have been used historically to target Jews, only reinforce our belief – and warning in our latest ad – that Donald Trump is the biggest threat to American Jews.
“We strongly denounce these vile and bigoted remarks in which the president – once again – used anti-Semitic stereotypes to characterize Jews as driven by money and insufficiently loyal to Israel. He even had the audacity to suggest that Jews ‘have no choice’ but to support him.
“American Jews do have a choice, and they’re not choosing President Trump or the Republican Party, which has been complicit in enacting his hateful agenda. In fact, Jewish support for the GOP has been halved since Trump has been in office, from 33 percent in 2014 to 17 percent in 2018, because Trump’s policies and rhetoric are completely antithetical to Jewish values.
“An overwhelming majority of Jews are both pro-Israel and anti-Trump because of his incendiary rhetoric targeting our community and others, and because his symbolic gestures on Israel have not made America or Israel more secure. American Jews also reject President Trump because he’s emboldened the rise of white nationalism in America, which has directly led to increased hatred and violence targeting Jews.”
* More about the Jewish vote can be found here.
** A timeline tracking the rise of anti-Semitism in America can be found here.