Jews Against Trump was designed as a campaign effort to prevent Donald Trump from being elected president. Currently, we have joined the broader Jewish movement of progressive social justice Bend the Arc Jewish Action (jewishaction.us). For current updates and action items, please refer to Bend the Arc.
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has forced me and thousands of other American Jews to face anti-Semitic threats for the first time. Throughout the election cycle, Jews have used a hashtag created by Bend the Arc Jewish Action, #WeveSeenThisBefore, as a reminder that Trump’s rhetoric and bigotry echo demagogues of the past.
As Jews, we have seen this kind of hatred before, and organizing in these key states is critical to making sure that Trump’s bigotry is rejected by the American people on Election Day. We are committed to standing with the targets of Trump’s hateful rhetoric—immigrants, Muslims, women and people of color—by mobilizing voters to ensure his defeat.
This isn’t about partisan politics; this about a fundamental threat to our democracy. And for me, it is personal. His rhetoric threatens my place within our great country and the place of all the wonderfully “nasty” woman and “bad hombres” among us who have built the greatness Mr. Trump refuses to see.
Donald Trump’s lewd comments about women have done this country a great favor: Finally, women’s stories of sexual assault and harassment have claimed the national conversation. Female exploitation and abuse at the hands of those in power is a condition that too many of us have had to live with for too long. My hope is that the more we share our stories, the more it will prompt a collective soul-searching for the kind of society we want to live in.
Jewish conservatives deserve credit for their courage, not disingenuous disparagement.
In addition to my grave concerns for an America held hostage by a Trump presidency, I also fear for the security and prosperity of the State of Israel. Left-leaning former President of Israel Shimon Peres completely dismissed Trump and right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Trump’s plan to ban all Muslims—including more than a million Israeli citizens—from stepping foot on America’s soil. Regardless of politics, Trump’s danger to Israel isn’t about ideology – it’s about unreliability.