More than 70 Jewish community leaders joined President Trump at the White House recently, for a discussion of issues that affect Jews in America today. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party — once the natural political home for many American Jews — is quickly becoming one of those issues as it now stacks closer to the far left.
For a variety of historical reasons, Jews have often supported center-left political parties. The Democratic Party used to be one of those, and it’s always been able to count on a lot of support from the Jewish community. Suddenly, that’s changing. Democratic politics look to be taking an ugly turn, and that has a lot of their traditional supporters worried.
- On April 16th, more than 70 people — leaders in business, religion and the non-profit sector — were invited to the White House as part of “regular and ongoing” engagement with the community.
- Details of the issues discussed at the meeting haven’t been released, although it’s likely President Trump’s upcoming peace plan for the Middle East featured on the agenda.
- There’s a good chance most of the discussion was focused a little closer to home, though. Recently, Jewish leaders have been getting very uneasy about some of the noises coming out of the Democratic Party — and Muslim rabble-rousers like Ilhan Omar (D-MN) might be just the tip of the iceberg.
- Omar has been in the news recently following a string of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish remarks. Some mainstream Democrats decided this was unacceptable and tried to pass a motion of condemnation in the House, but interference from Omar’s protectors watered this down and removed Omar’s name from it.
- Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), one of the most senior and influential figures in the party, defended Omar and claimed she “didn’t understand” why her comments were so inflammatory. It doesn’t seem to have occurred to Pelosi that, for a politician in a country as diverse as the US, not understanding why people hate antisemitism isn’t exactly reassuring either.
- President Trump has warned repeatedly that the Dems are becoming the anti-Jewish party. This is a problem that’s growing in the Left everywhere — the UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, an ideological soulmate of Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and AOC (D-NY), has surrounded himself with hard-line antisemites.
- Trump, on the other hand, has reliably stood by the Jewish community both at home and in Israel. Jewish Americans who want a president that stands up for their rights will be watching to see how the Democrats match up to that — and right now it’s not looking good for the Left.