Jewish Americans are now the face of the anti-Trump resistance


79% of Jewish voters chose Democrats, only 17% supported Republicans. Down nearly 10% in two short, if eventful years.

ed note–as we like to say here often, by all means, all of you out there who have been incessantly chirping now for years that the Jews just LOVE Trump and who have–by such chirping–contributed in your own particular way towards helping those ‘Jewish Americans’ who now represent ‘the face’ of the ‘anti-Trump resistance’–PAY NO MIND WHATSOEVER to glaringly important pieces such as this that provide a more accurate picture as to what is going on in the confusing and at times convoluted world of modern day politics in post 9/11 America, and instead continue focusing on the echos of past theories conjured up within the confines of your own very limited imaginations.

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They plan to conduct hearings on his foreign policy, lead oversight into his administration, subpoena his closest aides, investigate his family and run against him in 2020.

In large numbers, American Jews are becoming the face of the resistance against US President Donald Trump by assuming critical chairmanships in the House of Representatives and preparing campaigns for the White House for 2020.

They are voting against him in record numbers. In midterm elections on Tuesday, 79% of Jewish voters chose Democrats, according to exit polls conducted by Pew Research Center and CNN. Only 17% supported Republicans– down nearly 10% in two short, if eventful years.

And they are getting elected. Across the country, 28 Jewish Americans were elected or reelected to the House– only two of which are Republicans– and nine to the Senate, just shy of marking record-high Jewish representation on Capitol Hill. Democrats’ sole pickup seat from Republicans in the Senate, in Nevada, was Jacky Rosen, formerly president of her synagogue congregation.

What, if anything, does their Judaism have to do with their politics? Statistics would suggest quite a bit. A majority of American Jews have voted for progressive candidates and causes in elections since at least 1984, when record-keeping began on Jewish voter patterns, and when roughly 7 in 10 community members began reliably voting Democratic– a direct response to a Republican alignment with evangelical Christians that appeared at the time hostile to Jews and their pluralistic values.

Those same political elements that drove Jewish Americans to the left in the 1980s are doing so, with renewed vigor, over three decades later. The Jewish constituency amounts to a loose, otherwise diverse coalition squarely opposed to policies hostile to minority protections, social welfare and equal justice.

To American Jews, Trump appears a threat to those values today. A poll released last month by the Jewish Electorate Institute found that 70% of the community disapproves of Trump’s handling of a spike in antisemitism nationwide– and even fewer approve of his foreign policy or his approach to immigration, gun safety, the environment, healthcare or his Supreme Court nominations. Three out of four rule out voting for him under any circumstances.

But if votes in Florida on Tuesday are any indication, their opposition to the Republican Party in its current construction may not be enough to reverse its gains. The state’s two most important, most expensive races– for governor and a Senate seat– both drew to near ties, but broke for GOP candidates.

And this was in an election that appeared to include high Jewish turnout. In Broward County, for example, one of the most heavily-populated Jewish communities in the country, incumbent Democratic congressman Ted Deutsch won by a larger percentage than any of his recent predecessors, breaking into the 60% percentile.

Taking control of the House, Jewish members now count as the top congressional leadership and serve as the public face of some of the nation’s most closely-watched hearings and investigations. It is expected that Jerrold Nadler of New York will head the House Judiciary Committee, Nita Lowey of New York the Appropriations Committee, Eliot Engel of New York the Foreign Relations Committee and Adam Schiff of California the Intelligence Committee.

Those committees will transform into battlegrounds for the Trump presidency in January, once the new Congress is sworn in. As early as Tuesday night, these four members were previewing their plans to subpoena the president and his aides for his tax returns and for documents on his family business ties overseas. They are likely to investigate the president’s handling of hurricane response in Puerto Rico last year, his policy of separating migrant families at the border and his relationship with Moscow.

They may also examine the president’s payments to Stormy Daniels, a porn star and his alleged mistress before entering the White House, as well as his firing of former FBI Director James Comey. They could look at ethics compliance of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, at Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s business dealings, at the use of personal email for government business by White House staff, administration-backed voter suppression efforts, and at the politicization of scientific study at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Overall, the future chairs vow to provide checks on the president following two years of a Republican-controlled House that offered little in terms of oversight.

Immediately after Trump fired his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, on Wednesday, appointing an interim figure who has vocally criticized a probe into Russian election interference he will now oversee, Nadler promised House action.

‘Americans must have answers immediately as to the reasoning behind Trump removing Jeff Sessions from the DOJ’ wrote Nadler. “Why is the President making this change and who has authority over Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation? We will be holding people accountable.”

So, too, did Schiff, who has been an aggressive ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee and is expected to pick up its own Russia investigation where Republicans had left it off.

“President Trump just removed Jeff Sessions. He wants an Attorney General to serve his interests, not the public’s,” Schiff said. “Mueller’s investigation and the independence of the DOJ must be protected. Whitaker and any nominee must commit to doing both. We will protect the rule of law.”

But while probes emanating from their committees are sure to attract attention– and shape future electoral prospects for the Democratic Party– so too will an emerging field of Jewish contenders for the presidency, likely to include entrepreneur and former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz; and Sanders, among others.

All of these figures enter the spotlight in an environment exceptionally hostile to Jews, where white nationalism and neo-Nazism is measurably on the rise.

“I am concerned that under Trump, this country has become more divided along racial, ethnic and religious lines, and that’s because of the vitriol that some of his supporters have espoused,” Halie Soifer, the newly-appointed executive director of Jewish Democratic Council of America, told The Jerusalem Post this fall. “I would like to think that the country is ready for a Jewish candidate, but to the extent we aren’t, of course there is concern that there’s a rise in antisemitism. And his past rhetoric raises concern that this may become an issue going forward in 2020.”

Declining to comment on any one potential candidate, Soifer did express worry that Jewish figures serving as the face of Trump resistance could backfire against the party– and the community– at such a politically divisive moment.

“I think its still very early– there are lots of names out there,” Soifer said. “But it would be great to have Jewish candidates. I would like to think today that the fact that candidates are Jewish are less important than if they represent Jewish values– a woman’s right to choose, support for Israel, gun control. That’s what is really important.”

“But its really about being able to defeat Donald Trump,” Soifer added.

  1. #1 by St. Longinus on 11/08/2018 - 9:34

    “What, if anything, does their Judaism have to do with their politics?”

    ARE YOU KIDDING.. THE ANSWER IS “EVERYTHING”

    “Statistics would suggest quite a bit. A majority of American Jews have voted for progressive candidates and causes in elections since at least 1984, when record-keeping began on Jewish voter patterns, and when roughly 7 in 10 community members began reliably voting Democratic– a direct response to a Republican alignment with evangelical Christians that appeared at the time hostile to Jews and their pluralistic values.

    LIES..I’d bet Federal Reserve notes that “record-keeping” about Jewish voting patterns started LONG before 1984. And I’m ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE that the whole EVANGELICAL “Christian Zionist” “movement” (which is AN IMPOSSIBILITY IF YOU COMPREHEND CHRISTIANITY) was started and funded by JEWS so divide further and more easily and quickly conquer the United States which was seeing many conversions to Catholicism in the 1940s and 1950s. The Jews couldn’t abide that. These relentless hounds from hell will stop at NOTHING in order to destroy everything moral, praiseworthy, wholesome and good for society.

    “President Trump just removed Jeff Sessions. He wants an Attorney General to serve his interests, not the public’s,” Schiff said. “Mueller’s investigation and the independence of the DOJ must be protected. Whitaker and any nominee must commit to doing both. We will protect the rule of law.”

    Perhaps Pres. Trump wants an attorney general to may FINALLY go after scum who do nothing BUT subvert the rule of law.

    “I would like to think today that the fact that candidates are Jewish are less important than if they represent Jewish values– a woman’s right to choose, support for Israel, gun control. That’s what is really important.”
    “Jewish values” = destruction of “the other” by any means necessary.

    “But its really about being able to defeat Donald Trump,” Soifer added.
    YOU BET.

  2. #2 by lobro on 11/09/2018 - 9:34

    why always Jewish Americans and never American Jews?
    it has to do with adjusting the optics of the dual loyalty, yet another poisonous lie wearing a saintly halo, because the 2nd term anchors the meaning, which is to proclaim that they are just americans like you, just happen to inexplicably have something jewish about them, not sure what (“we are secular you know, we don’t understand what the antisemitik noise is all about”).

    expending into the generalities, Lie is that invisible element that never made it to the Mendeleev table that is essential to jew’s being, jew breathes it, drinks it and parses it through kabbala gills, L₂O is its alchemical expression, never forget this when considering their statements and actions, at all levels, especially the subliminal ones.
    i remember being told on a trip through jungle (kanha) in india, how the tiger’s prey always keep an eye on the predator, monkeys in the trees, birds in the air, deer on the ground, communicating and warning one another through grunts, barks, squeaks that the bad man is on the prowl, where and which direction.
    similarly, jews are terribly vulnerable to truth and have a hypersensitive radar for truth, their great nemesis, something that has gone atavistically deformed in the rest of us naifs, we are not too concerned with truth nor aware when it is being grossly violated.
    okay, then learn how to utilize jew’s fear and loathing and avoidance of truth to supplement your insensitivity to it.
    one of the ways is to listen in on intra-jew public communication, where they speak in code, learn to decipher that code and their demented hatred of trump, their piranha feeding frenzy is a perfect opportunity to learn (e.g., listen to the screeching about sessions, “protect mueller” tune played right now).

    and yet, those spray-nozzles that likewise hate trump as “sold out to jews“, those functional shabbos are the great monkey wrench in the wheels of the resistance, the christian freedom fighters, sabotaging their efforts to bring the planet up to speed with pointless distractions and stink bombs of looney conspiracy confabulations like 911 is an inside job.
    No, it isn’t, the mythology of the Deep State has almost nothing to do with it, it is an outside job by jews, the international plague that they are and always have been since the early bronze age, despite the transparent pretense of “jewish americanism”.

  3. #3 by Steve. on 11/09/2018 - 9:34

    To my way of thinking, and maybe I am being too simplistic. I cannot for the life of me understand why such a situation could ever be allowed to arise. American citizens are stupid from top to bottom. British and other European citizens are equally stupid. After more than a dozen centuries of well documented, well understood anti-social behaviour by the tribe, leading to an untold amount of strife and suffering endured by the rest of us, we allow, nay, indeed we actually vote these people into positions of leadership over us. Why, why, why? We know their record. We know that they have been thrown out of almost everywhere they have ever settled, in the words of one European Monarch, “For behaving in business in a way in which no honourable man would behave”
    Would a hen invite a fox to look after her chicks? Would a sheep invite a wolf to look after her lambs? Of course not, but it seems we are not so vigilant when it comes our own well being as dumb animals.

  4. #4 by Know1 on 11/09/2018 - 9:34

    This may very well backfire on them… the public will finally see zion with its mask…

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