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Key Messages on Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans

May 7, 2024

 

  1. Donald Trump is a convicted felon. On May 30, Donald Trump was found guilty of all 34 felony charges of falsifying business records. In order to hide his affair with Stormy Daniels from American voters ahead of the 2016 election, he paid her off, lied about it, and falsified business records to cover it up. Donald Trump is the first former president to be a convicted felon.
  2. Donald Trump threatens our democracy. Trump is a self-proclaimed aspiring “dictator on day one” who has repeatedly assaulted America’s democracy and democratic institutions, including by inciting a deadly insurrection on January 6, for which he was impeached, and committing fraud and attempting to overturn the 2020 election.
  3. Donald Trump threatens our freedoms.  Trump recently affirmed that, if reelected, he would deploy the military against civilians for mass deportations, enact extreme anti-abortion laws nationwide, and refused to rule out weaponizing the Justice Department to target his political opponents.
  4. Donald Trump has a long history of antisemitic rhetoric. He repeats antisemitic tropes and stereotypes and disparages the vast majority of Jewish Americans, accusing us of hating Israel and our religion because we will not support his extremism. Republicans have echoed Trump’s antisemitic canards.
  5. Donald Trump aligns with and emboldens dangerous right-wing extremists. In 2017, Trump infamously equated neo-Nazis with peaceful protestors, proclaiming there were “very fine people, on both sides.” In the 2020 presidential debate, he blatantly refused to condemn white supremacy and instead incited right-wing extremists, the Proud Boys, to “stand back and stand by,” which they did on January 6. Trump hosted neo-Nazi Nick Fuentes and put extremists like Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka in positions of power.
  6. Donald Trump is bad for Israel’s safety and security. Trump mocked Israel and praised terrorists after October 7, called on Israel to “finish up” the war in Gaza without recognizing the more than 100 hostages, and has said he supports transforming U.S. foreign aid, including to Israel, into loans. His former national security advisor, John Bolton, saidTrump’s support for Israel in the first term is not guaranteed in the second term, because Trump’s positions are made on the basis of what’s good for Donald Trump, not on some coherent theory of national security.”
  7. Donald Trump’s moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel hasn’t won him Jewish support, but it has led to increased antisemitism from Trump. Trump’s policy toward Israel has always been self-serving, perhaps best illustrated when, three years after moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Trump defiantly declared he took such action “for the Evangelicals.” At the time, he bemoaned his lack of support among Jewish Americans, struggling to understand why Evangelical Christians would be “more excited by that [embassy move] than Jewish people.” Since then, he said that Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats demonstrate “total lack of knowledge or disloyalty,” invoking an antisemitic dual loyalty accusation. He repeated this earlier this year when he accused the vast majority of Jewish voters of hating Israel and hating their religion because they vote for Democrats, concluding they should be “ashamed of themselves.”
  8. Donald Trump’s rhetoric mirrors that of Adolf Hitler. Trump has embraced a campaign of fascist rhetoric unlike any we have seen before in the United States.  Most recently, his campaign posted a video referencing a “unified reich” if he wins the 2024 election. The language he is using in this campaign mirrors the words of Hitler and Mussolini, attacking and dehumanizing immigrants and his political opponents. He praises fascists and dictators like Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, and Viktor Orban, and he’s acting more and more like them. 
  9. Donald Trump would institute a national abortion ban. Trump brags that he was able to “kill Roe v. Wade” and said that he would let Republican-controlled states monitor women’s pregnancies and prosecute those who violate abortion bans. He would outlaw prescriptions for medication abortion being delivered to patients through the mail and has previously indicated support for a national abortion ban. Trump is taking away Americans’ rights, and he will continue to attack our reproductive freedom

JDCA CEO Halie Soifer responds to Trump’s antisemitic comments on March 19, 2024.

Key Message: “The feeling is mutual,” and Jewish voters will continue to fight for our democracy and freedoms by reelecting Joe Biden and rejecting Trump’s extremism.

WATCH: JDCA PAC’s first ad of the 2024 election cycle highlighted Joe Biden’s strong support for Israel and Jewish Americans following Hamas’s October 7 attacks.

WATCH: JDCA PAC’s ad, ‘Day One’ highlights Donald Trump’s own words and the threats he poses to our democracy and rights.