Noam Neusner’s recent opinion piece, “How Republican Jews Utterly Failed To Prevent Rise of ‘Toxic’ Donald Trump,” perfectly encapsulates why establishment elites are losing Jews like me to Trump.
It was my vote — along with the votes of thousands of Florida Jews — that delivered our 99 delegates to Trump.
“Donald Trump, the most likely Republican candidate for president, has built within our party the nearest thing America has ever seen to a European nativist working class political movement,” Neusner wrote. “Such movements, to put it mildly, have never been good for the Jews.”
This is simply nothing but literary smut.
Neusner is essentially implying that Trump is the second coming of Hitler and that he intends to fashion a political system that persecutes Jews.
But to imply that Trump, the father of an Orthodox Jewish daughter and the grandfather of Jewish children, has nefarious designs on America’s Jewish populace is just ludicrous.
Please also “educate” me as to why encouraging a political system that makes life better for “working class” Americans is anathema to Jewish Americans? The sense of entitlement here is astounding. People who live a better life than 99.99% of Americans should not have the gall to play the victim.
I grew up in Northern Indiana, smack in the middle of the rust belt. Deindustrialization has destroyed so many communities there. These people aren’t motivated by anti-Semitism. They are motivated to improve their lives. I know this because I know them.
As a Jew who has met plenty of elitist coastal Jews and many working class American citizens (including many Jews; not all of us work in finance and media, you know), I’ll take the working class every time.
It would behoove the writers of this magazine to get out and meet more of their countrymen and women. Otherwise they’ll remain so out of touch with this country that it boggles the mind.