It’s possible. Getting the Jewish vote has been one of the Holy Grails for Republicans for years, but now that anti-Semitism has become so prominent within the Democratic Party, maybe my fellow Jews will rethink their allegiances.
According to the Washington Examiner:
After displays of alleged anti-Semitism by Democrats and deep divisions within the party over what to do about it, White House officials and their close political allies believe President Trump has a unique opportunity to win support from Jewish voters in the 2020 election, despite the group’s longstanding loyalty to the Democratic Party.
“It’s becoming increasingly uncomfortable and untenable for legion Democratic voters to swallow hard enough to accept brazen, blatant, unreprimanded and unrepentant comments coming from a 37-year-old member of Congress,” senior White House aide Kellyanne Conway told the Washington Examiner.
Conway was referring to Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who recently made multiple comments that evoked old anti-Semitic tropes, such as suggestions that American Jews have “dual loyalty” to Israel and that U.S. politicians only support Israel because of donations from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC.
Trump is already trying to work the issue with Jewish voters, saying last week, “The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party and anti-Jewish party.”
Democrats’ perceived leniency toward anti-Semitism will take a toll on Jewish voters’ longstanding allegiance to the Democratic Party, according to Curtis Ellis, a senior adviser at the pro-Trump nonprofit organization America First Policies.
“By not condemning Ilhan Omar in clear, unequivocal terms, Nancy Pelosi and her crowd are doing President Trump’s work for him in expelling Jews from the ‘Egypt’ of the Democratic Party and bringing them to the ‘promised land’ of President Trump,” Ellis said. “Ilhan Omar is one of the plagues.”
Alex Titus of the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action said Trump “has a unique opportunity to peel off a significant portion of Jewish voters in 2020 who have traditionally voted Democrat. He said, “From members of leadership to the rank-and-file, Democrats have an anti-Semitism problem, and it isn’t going away anytime soon,” Titus said.