I find it funny that Donald Trump does not understand why so many of America’s Jews are Democrats and support Barrack Obama. He told Michael Savage last Wednesday that,
“I have many Jewish friends that support Obama and I say, ‘why?’ and they can’t explain why. They support him, they give him money, they give him campaign contributions.” Trump said, “This is the worst enemy of Israel.”
Savage asked The Donald, “How could Jewish people give money to this man who may as well be working for the Muslim Brotherhood in terms of Israel?”
Well, obviously, President Obama is not working for the Muslim Brotherhood or against Israel, and American Jews know this. This is your typical Beckian ploy of demanding, shrilly, “Why are people not talking about this?”
Well, because you made it up.
Nor is Obama the “worst enemy of Israel.” Rather, the opposite is the case, and Obama has done more for Israel’s security than any other president. Refusal to let Israel dictate America’s foreign policy does not make him anti-Israel.
Another reason Jews support Obama might be that it is because Obama is not part of the Party that harbors anti-Semites, including Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul. That says Jews need to be converted, as evidenced by the RNC’s trip to Israel with the American Family Association. According to the AFA, Jews do not even have First Amendment rights.
You think maybe Jews don’t see this as a good thing? As a Heathen, I’m in the same boat. Why would I vote Republican?
And it’s not just a bunch of RNC members going to Israel, but some very prominent Republican figures, as Right Wing Watch reported the other day:
After dozens of members of the Republican National Committee went on a trip to Israel sponsored by a notorious hate group that has repeatedly claimed that that Jewish Americans have no First Amendment rights and argued that Jewish immigrants should be forced to convert to Christianity, Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal are now taking part in a visit to Israel organized by an organization with similar views.
So we’ve got at least two presidential hopefuls, Santorum and Jindal, palling around with a group that says Jews don’t have First Amendment Rights. Another past presidential hopeful, Rick Perry, also pals around with the AFA.
How dense does Trump have to be to not understand any of this? Possibly, his Jewish friends simply do not want to call him an idiot to his face. Possibly, he refuses to comprehend their reasons.
The AFA isn’t the only problem, as we see in the claim that Jews are, in conservative heroine Ann Coulter’s words, “unperfected” Christians.
That assertion came about, reported Fox News at the time, when Coulter appeared on “advertising guru Donny Deutsch’s CNBC show ‘The Big Idea.'”
In response to a question from Deutsch asking Coulter if “it would be better if we were all Christian,” the controversial columnist responded: “Yes.”
“We should all be Christian?” Deutsch repeated.
“Yes,” Coulter responded, asking Deutsch, who is Jewish, if he would like to “come to church with me.”
Deutsch, pressing Coulter further, asked, “We should just throw Judaism away and we should all be Christians?” She responded: “Yeah.”
Coulter deflected Deutsch’s assertion that her comments were anti-Semitic, matter-of-factly telling the show’s obviously upset host, “That is what Christians consider themselves: perfected Jews.”
Retired General and FRC Executive Vice President Jerry Boykin agreed with Coulter last year when, as RWW reports, “he said that Jews who convert to Christianity are ‘fulfilled Jews,’ claiming that missionary efforts should focus on Israeli Jews, who can learn from their Arab Christian neighbors”:
And they expect Jews to vote Republican – why? This is like asking blacks to vote Republican, or Latinos, or women. Just because ignorant Red Staters vote against their own self-interest does not mean everybody else is clueless enough to do the same thing.
Some of us have been liberally “eddimicated” after all. We are not ideological victims of Fox News’ hellish “Murica,” thanks to the public schooling conservatives are trying, for obvious reasons, so hard to destroy.
Donald Trump can’t figure out why Jews support Obama. That is because there is no room for Jews in conservative “Murica.”
Fortunately, we don’t live in Murica, but in America.
And no, Jews are not Christians, but then neither are their Religious Right critics. The United States Constitution does not establish America as a Christian nation for Christians, so we all have First Amendment rights. Even liars and hypocrites – and anti-Semites.
So keep using them, GOP. We will cast our votes appropriately.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.