This Passover, it would not surprise me if some Jews left a place at their table for Elijah – Elijah Cummings that is, the House Democrat who chaired the recent hearings where President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, spilled the beans.
Many Jews have traditionally been attracted to liberal, leftist and “progressive” causes and leaders, having voted for Democrats at rates of 70 to 79 percent in recent national elections. But there is now a movement afoot to make an “Exodus” (or “Jexodus” as some millennials call it) from the Democrat Party, prompted by its welcoming into its ranks anti-Semites, haters of Israel, and supporters of Louis Farrakhan. Not just low-ranking radicals like representatives Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), but until recently Deputy Democratic National Committee head Keith Ellison, a former associate of Farrakhan.
Although President Trump has, among other things, moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, withdrawn from the disastrous Iran nuclear deal, and has a Jewish daughter and grandchildren, it is common for Democrats to compare Trump to Hitler, a soft form of Holocaust denial or trivialization that shows no understanding of either man.
At the recent meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Vice President Pence proudly proclaimed Trump to be “the greatest friend of the Jewish people ever to sit in the Oval Office,” and Trump received wild applause attacking the Democrats for allowing “the scourge of anti-Semitism to take root” in their party.
But liberals leaving the Democrat Party don’t have to become Trump supporters or even join the Republicans. Leaving is the main point, Dayenu! But if you do join the GOP, you will receive a warm welcome from the RJC’s Atlanta chapter co-chairs, Bonnie and Chuck Berk.
And look what else you get as a bonus: policies that are pro-Israel, friendly to our community, and supportive of religious freedom, free enterprise, smaller, less intrusive government, lower taxes, a rising stock market and record low unemployment, all of which are “good for the Jews.”
Lewis Regenstein is an Atlanta writer and author.