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With fewer than 450 days to the 2020 election, it’s no longer too early to assert why American Jews ought to vote to re-elect the president: Trump is good for America and America is good for the Jews.
As the Trump re-election campaign debuts its “coalitions” outreach effort, the question inevitably arises whether American Jews will in significant numbers switch from their traditional allegiance to the Democratic Party and support a president who moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem as perhaps his crowning pro-Jewish achievement.
Women - Trump - Blacks - Trump - Hispanics
Women for Trump, Blacks for Trump, and Hispanics for Trump polling has already seen a significant bump in support to the president in these other familiar Democrat voting blocs. But what of the American Jews, who famously were described in the 1970s to be people who dress like Episcopalians, but vote like Puerto Ricans?
A relatively small shift in the Jewish vote in 2020 to President Trump from the Democrats in states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, Arizona, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Texas could be the difference between victory and defeat. As in the past, Republicans see an opening: with Democrats increasingly viewed as anti-Israel and as the home of anti-Semitism when the two parties are considered.
Republicans - Dream - Past - Avail - Participation
The Republicans have dreamed this dream in the past, largely to no avail. Significant Jewish participation in politics in the United States dates to the post-Civil War period when Jews advocated for their full inclusion in American life. According to Kenneth Wald, a political science professor at the University of Florida, Jews have voted Democrat in large numbers since Franklin D. Roosevelt promised a country in the 1930s with liberal values and that required no religious identity or affiliation. Therefore, Democrats have owned “separation of church and state,” and the Jewish vote, Wald wrote.
Nevertheless, Jewish Republicans feel that this...
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