The Republican Jewish Coalition launched an ad Monday charging the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates with being anti-Semitic and anti-Israel, marking the its first attack ad of the 2020 campaign.
The ad, titled “Shanda,” Yiddish for “shame,” warns the “radical left” is running the Democrat Party, as it pans over images of top Democrats, including Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, both of which have threatened to withhold aid to Israel unless Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government changes its behavior.
Democrats are intent on undoing “decades of bipartisan support for America’s crucial ally,” the ad warns. “Leading Democrats have completely turned their back on Israel.”
The anti-Semitic behavior and campaign promises of the 2020 Democratic presidential contenders is shameful, the ad cautions.
“Democratic leaders cozy up to fringe groups who attack Israel. Front running Democrats are campaigning on cutting critical aid to the world’s only Jewish state,” the ad narrator continues. “It’s sad what is happening to the Democratic party –It’s shameful.”
Amid the rising prominence of freshman Democrat Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, all notorious for the advocacy of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement, the RJC ramped up its donation to the Republican National Committee. The organization, which is backed by billionaire GOP donor Sheldon Adelson, authorized $10 million in campaign funds for the GOP.
The RJC has spent millions over the past two presidential elections on assisting the Republican Party’s outreach to Jewish voters, but the latest campaign contribution marks the largest sum the organization has ever authorized to a campaign budget, Daily Caller reports.
The Democrat Party has abandoned its pro-democratic core principles in its disdain for Israel, the only Jewish and democratic state in the Middle East, and overtly normalizes anti-Semitism in progressive politics, RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks, who has served in as the head of the organization for over 30 years, argued.
“This isn’t our parents’ Democratic Party anymore,” said Brooks, referring to the ad. “What’s happening to the Democratic Party is a disgrace, a shanda, and a potential disaster for our community. We want American Jewish voters to understand what’s at stake in November 2020.”
While President Donald Trump has proven to be the most pro-Israel president in history, the increasingly anti-Semitic platform of the Democrat Party remains threatening to U.S.-Israeli relations, Brooks warned in April in an interview with Politico.
“We’re at the intersection of a very unique moment in time where we have the most pro-Israel president ever in history in [President] Donald Trump, and we also at the same time have the Democratic Party — because of the pressure of the progressive left— moving away from the traditional support for Israel that has existed going back to 1948,” Brooks told the publication.
Unlike their Israeli counterparts, most American Jews are comfortably liberal, while approximately two-thirds of American Jews find Trump objectionable, according to a recent Gallup survey.
Jewish voters are traditionally a stronghold in the Democratic Party, with 71 percent of Jewish voters casting their ballot for former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election and just 24 percent pulling the lever for Trump, according to the Pew Research Center.
Nonetheless, the RJC is committed to converting more Jewish Americans to Republicans, Brooks continued.
“This strain within the Democratic Party is making those centrist and center-left Jews who care about these issues feel more and more uncomfortable, and with the strength of Donald Trump and the Republican Party on these issues, we believe that we’ll be able to bring those folks over to the Republican side,” he said.
The RJC’s 2020 goal “is to identify every Jewish voter in the battleground states, contact them and then turn out as many as possible to vote for President Trump and Republicans,” Axios reports.
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