Democrats have seemingly been on a crusade as of late to scourge their party of the Jewish support they have long enjoyed as a crucial facet of their funding and voting bloc. For even in this most recent presidential election Jewish voters have displayed an overwhelming tendency to favor the left. Jewish outlet Haaretz reported,
“The Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton captured an overwhelming 70 percent of the Jewish vote in the election, according to a comprehensive exit poll published Wednesday. It was identical to the percentage of the Jewish vote won by Barack Obama four years ago.
The poll, conducted by GBA Strategies, was commissioned by J Street, a pro-Israel anti-occupation organization. The results show that the Republican candidate and president-elect Donald Trump won only 25 percent of the Jewish vote. Three percent went to Libertarian Gary Johnson and 2 percent to Green Party candidate Jill Stein. In the last election, 30 percent of American Jews voted for the Republican candidate Mitt Romney.”
But that domination of the Jewish vote could very well be changing with the times as the Democrat party becomes increasingly inundated with high profile individuals – an epitomic example being Ilhan Omar – that wield a flippant disregard for Jews bordering on outright anti-Semitism
But beyond such individual antics, a new and incredibly caustic narrative has been arising of late regarding the US migration crisis on the southern border, particularly the facilities used to house illegal migrants/asylum seekers.
The argument – which exhibits a disgusting ignorance and disregard for the Holocaust – is that the overburdened and overcrowded border facilities that the Trump administration is technically overseeing (just like the Obama administration prior one might add) are concentration camps.
A few weeks ago, Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman Democratic New York congresswoman, tweeted “This administration has established concentration camps on the southern border of the United States for immigrants, where they are being brutalized with dehumanizing conditions and dying.”
Unsurprisingly this objectively ignorant assertion – that migration facilities countless migrants voluntarily flood to, complete with free medical care, schooling, etc. – are even remotely similar to the industrial death camps where Nazi Germany exterminated 6 million people was met with indignation from Jewish groups across the political spectrum.
It’s not hard to see why Jews would take great offense at the appalling political appropriation of the massed murder of our people, including I’d add most of my ancestors. It’s not only incredibly incorrect and offensive, it’s downright malicious to the history behind the concept of concentration camps.
The ignorance involved in this ludicrous comparison takes every prior jab at Judaism from the left and throws it out the window. And yet leftists haven’t reconsidered the comparison, they’ve doubled down on it.
It’s unequivocally disgusting.
An Exodus to the Right?
More widely, however, it also reinforces the validity of arguments made by Jewish intellectuals like Arthur Milikh, who even prior to this latest next-level escalation of DNC anti-Semitism have been deliberating whether it’s time for a wholesale Jewish shift in their political support. Milikh writes on TheDailySignal,
“Even before the openly anti-Semitic remarks of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., forced Congress to adopt a vague anti-hate resolution in March, the case for America’s Jews to leave the left and the Democratic Party was building. The rise of identity politics makes their run to the right and the Republicans sooner or later all but inevitable.
The choice is already being put to Jews: Either view yourself as part of the white majority or serve and be governed by other victim groups who are your moral superiors and may well despise you.
Continuing to choose victimhood is a dark, imprudent road. Jews are already being written out of the history of the civil rights movement, despite their key role in this just cause. Israel is no longer viewed as a source of democracy and hope, but as a colonial power—in part because Palestinians have acquired a higher rank in the victimhood hierarchy.
With the rise of identity politics on the left, American Jews will find themselves increasingly used and despised in those quarters. As that happens, President Donald Trump might make them notice that conservatism actually admires human excellence of the kind Jews have achieved, and warn about what awaits them on the left.
With a few exemplary defectors in the lead, this may bring major losses of human capital and money on the left, while the hospitable home of the right grows stronger.”
While anecdotal evidence is, well… anecdotal, I’ve observed growing supporting evidence for this shift taking place even in my own Jewish communities. People who have been left leaning all their life are abandoning the party.
Family members who just 3 years prior found it unconscionable to cast a vote for Donald Trump are now resolved to support him, including lifelong registered Democrats. Not necessarily because they adore him but simply because the alternative are people that think the holocaust had free healthcare and press tours.
I myself didn’t vote for Trump (or his main opponent…) the first time around. But if the alternative is a party that happily appropriates the slaughter of my ancestors to completely desecrate their memory for political soundbites, I’ll proudly be giving them the electoral finger in 2020.
Jews won’t sit idly by while they’re repeatedly insulted and taken for granted. That might end up being a difficult and painful lesson for the party that has so long expected their support.