Trump Gets Monumental News From Unlikely Source

OPINION:  This article contains commentary which may reflect the author’s opinion

In 2024, the American Jewish community is seeing a startling change within the intensifying political climate. The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) has started an extraordinary fundraising campaign in response to the growing unhappiness with President Joe Biden’s handling of Israeli issues and the intensifying protests on college campuses.

With a $5 million baseline goal, the project is the greatest in the RJC’s history and, according to Fox News, will greatly strengthen former President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The RJC is a well-known grassroots group that serves as the national voice for Jewish Republicans. The promise was emphasized by the organization’s national political director, Sam Markstein, who said that the campaign will be “the RJC’s largest effort ever to mobilize support in the Jewish community for President Trump.”

In addition to the $15 million independent expenditure, there is a fundraising campaign. The decision was made in the midst of weeks of widespread college campus protests that were brought on by Israel’s continuing war with Hamas in Gaza. In addition to attracting media attention, these protests have brought attention to the growing rift within the Democratic Party.

Republicans continue to be mainly united in their opposition to these demonstrations, while many Democrats are divided in their support. According to a recent Fox News poll, only 15% of Republicans supported the protests, while 80% of Republicans were against them. By contrast, 41% of Democrats polled were against the protests, while 50% supported them.

There is a noticeable lack of pleasure among the Jewish community. The Democratic Party’s tolerance for anti-Semitic remarks and its approach to the Israel-Hamas conflict are making a lot of American Jews feel uneasy. In 2020, the Pew Research Center conducted a thorough poll of Jewish Americans and discovered that although a sizable majority of them still identify as Democrats, the Orthodox Jewish community is shifting more and more in favor of the Republican Party. 75% of Orthodox Jews who responded to the study said they were Republicans or leaning Republican, a considerable rise from previous years.

The change reflects generational and ideological divisions within the Jewish community and is not just a political oddity. Younger Jewish adults are more likely to identify as secular or Orthodox, with the latter group having less of a sense of a bond with traditional Jewish social life and religious rituals. Notwithstanding these distinctions, both parties are concerned about the rise in anti-Semitism. According to the Pew survey, just over half of Jewish Americans feel less safe and 75% of them think there is more anti-Semitism in the country now than there was 5 years ago.

Trump is endorsed by the RJC because they consider him to be “the most pro-Israel president in U.S. history.” The RJC stressed in their statement how crucial it is to have a “trusted friend” in these dangerous times, particularly in light of the rise in anti-Semitic crimes and unfriendly college conditions. Trump has been a steadfast supporter of Israel, and pro-Israel activists in the Jewish community have found great resonance with his ideas.

The RJC’s efforts to raise money could have a big influence on the next election, possibly influencing Jewish voters who have always sided with the Democratic Party. Markstein stated, “The Jewish community is more motivated than ever to move past Joe Biden’s mistakes, broken promises, and betrayals as antisemitism soars to record highs and America’s relationship with our ally Israel continues to reach new lows.”

Trump’s campaign looks to benefit greatly from the unexpected but vital support as the 2024 race draws near.

 

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