Did American Jews Support Trump’s Fascism?

January 20, 2017 - Washington, DC, United States of America - President-elect Donald Trump greets American casino magnate Sheldon Adelson as he arrives for the Inaugural Ceremony to become the 45th President on Capitol Hill January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Credit Image: © Richard Ellis/ZUMA Wire)


The billionaire and egomaniac Sheldon Adelson was the largest single financial backer of Donald Trump in the 2017 election.

At the time Adelson gave Trump around $200 million, it was well known that Trump was trafficking with neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and Christian nationalists. It was also known that Trump was a white-collar criminal, a deadbeat, an adulterer, and a tax evader, but that did not stop Adelson from his huge donations.

If only Adelson could see Trump now.

Adelson, and other right-wing Jewish groups and individuals were Trump’s enablers in their current attempt to create a fascist nation. For a variety of reasons, ranging from ego to Israel to keeping their tax breaks, this group of right-wing Jews divided the American Jewish community, fostered the rise in anti-Semitism, and helped finance the right-wing coup attempt on January 6. (These are the people who made the Shonda List posted on this site.)

Groups like the Republican Jewish Coalition, Jexit, and the little-known billionaire Barry Seid, who gave $1 billion to the right-wing religious fanatic Leonard Leo, have all helped push the lie that Republicans are “better” for American Jews than Democrats. This is a historical myth, but it didn’t stop them.

Then, if things were not bad enough, AIPAC jumped into the act.  AIPAC is regarded as one of the most effective issue lobbying groups in Washington, but at their 2019 convention, they turned from being a non-partisan group to a shill for Trump.  All in the name of pushing a right-wing coalition in the U.S. and Israel.

For example, when Trump said “US Jews have to get their act together” on Israel before “it is too late,” he alarmed many of his critics, who saw in his comment a veiled threat,” as reported in The Times of Israel.

“But few in the Republican Party have expressed concern. Just as they did when Trump made similar comments as president in 2019, Republican leaders, including Jewish ones, have reacted with indifference or, in some notable cases, with nothing to say at all.” As expected AIPAC said nothing to criticize Trump.

All three of these groups did serious damage to the American Jewish community. They are all Trump’s enablers and in many cases, his financial backers.

These groups raised the old issue about Jews having dual loyalties to the U.S. and Israel, and they pushed MAGA Trumpism, including its obvious and dangerous tolerance and promotion of anti-Semitism against the national Jewish community, most of whom have nothing to do with these three groups.

In short, the developing fascist messages of the criminality of Trump, combined with the Hamas-Israel war, the RJC, AIPAC, and Jexit have made it less safe for American Jews today. No wonder a recent poll found that 70% of American Jews said they felt less safe today than at any other time in recent memory.

Trump Today is a Full-Blown Fascist

A report in The New Republic found that the criminally pursued Trump is now ranting like a hunted criminal against the people prosecuting him for his crimes.

As The New Republic reporter Michael Tomasky wrote, in a recent speech, Trump “On Saturday (Nov. 11, 2023) at 10:25 a.m., posted on Truth Social: “In honor of our great Veterans on Veteran’s Day, we pledge to you that we will root out the Communists, Marxists, Fascists, and Radical Left Thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our country, lie, steal, and cheat on Elections, and will do anything possible, whether legally or illegally, to destroy America, and the American dream.” Then, at a rally in New Hampshire later that day, he repeated those words essentially verbatim—promising to “root out … the radical left thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our country”—and doubled down on it: “The real threat is not from the radical right; the real threat is from the radical left, and it’s growing every day, every single day. The threat from outside forces is far less sinister, dangerous, and grave than the threat from within. Our threat is from within.”

This is straight out of the Hitler playbook. Substitute a few words here and there and you can see where Trump’s previous attacks on Jews who don’t vote or give money to him, gays, the handicapped, Muslims, state, and federal prosecutors, and anyone else on Trump’s pathological hit list are all target for retribution.

The Republican’s Project 2025 has been announced and it is essentially calling for Trump’s Brown Shirts, that right, people who will pledge their support to Trump and MAGA, to take over about 20,000 positions in the federal government. No need to verify qualifications. All they need is to swear allegiance to Trump and MAGA crowd.

If you never heard of Project 2025, it’s time to get scared.

Their public announcement is the following:

It is not enough for conservatives to win elections. If we are going to rescue the country from the grip of the radical Left, we need both a governing agenda and the right people in place, ready to carry this agenda out on Day One of the next conservative Administration. This is the goal of the 2025 Presidential Transition Project. The project will build on four pillars that will, collectively, pave the way for an effective conservative Administration.

Did Jewish Contributors Enable Trump’s Fascism?

Historians can battle this big question in a few years, but as of now, it looks like the answer is “yes.”  Ben Stein; AIPAC; billionaires Arthur Dantchik, and Jeffrey Yass of Susquehanna International Group; Mark Levin, Dennis Prager; and others on the Shonda List, all pushed a right-wing message that supported the corrupt and inept government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and elevated that to the major concerns of American Jews who favor liberal causes and goals.

There is no doubt that the groups and individuals named above helped support the right-wing Netanyahu government, and they can share some of the responsibility for its failure to protect Israelis, most of whom are more liberal they the right-wing American Jews.

It’s a certainty that Netanyahu’s political career, as well as those of his top right-wing supporters, will end whenever the first post-war election is held. As New York Times veteran Israel expert Thom Friedman has written, Netanyahu is the worst premier in Israeli and Jewish history, and he is responsible for the biggest massacre of Jews on Israeli soil since the Holocaust. And that’s not the worst of it.

Netanyahu, his right-wing government in Israel, combined with his right-wing supporters in the U.S., has divided the American Jewish community and raised the sensitive issue of dual loyalties, accompanied by the ire of the Muslim community worldwide.

Israel would love to get back to the pre-Hamas war days when they were concerned about the now benign-looking issues of the boycott of Israeli goods and companies (BDS) and the saber-rattling of Iran.  Those days are over.

The biggest threat to the American Jewish community today is from within. The right-wing media hosts, self-serving political groups, and the misguided AIPAC do not deserve the support of most American Jews.

When the Israel-Hamas war ends, American Jews should not be fooled by the slick presentations for more donations from the groups that fomented the deep divisions in the American Jewish community.

Instead, Jewish institutions in the U.S. should send the bills for added security to the Republican Jewish Coalition and Miriam Adelson. They have the money to pay for the security. IT would be better for them to give the money for added security than to make more contributions to right-wing MAGA-like presidential candidates, none of whom will say they will not support Trump if he gets the Republication nomination in 2024, except for Chris Christie.

In the interim, it’s time to make changes. In Israel, the old Snoopy motto should be adapted to read: “We have met the enemy and it is Hamas and Bibi.”  In the U.S., that same Snoopy motto should read: “We have met the enemy and it is our own right-wing American Jews.”

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Chuck Epstein has managed marketing communications and public relations departments for major global financial institutions and participated in the launch of industry-changing financial products. He also has written by-lined articles for over 50 publications, five books and served as editor and publisher of nation’s first newsletter on the topic of using the PC for personal investing and trading. (“Investing Online, 1994-1999). He also is a marketing consultant, writer and speaker on topics related to investor protection and opportunities in the very dynamic cannabis industry. He has held senior-level marketing, PR and communications positions at the New York Futures Exchange, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Lind-Waldock, Zacks Investment Research, Russell Investments and Principal Financial. He has won national awards from the Mutual Fund Education Alliance (MFEA) and his web site, www.mutualfundreform.com, was named best small blog in 2009 by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW).


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