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The Executive Board of the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus released the following statement today in response to President Donald Trump’s statement that “Jewish people who vote for Democrats…[show] great disloyalty.”

LANSING, Mich. — “Today, Donald Trump proved once again that he is no friend to America’s Jews. Invoking one of the oldest antisemitic canards in the book, the President of the United States accused the nearly 80% of Jews who align with the Democratic Party of disloyalty to our country.

“We are appalled by the President’s disloyalty smear against American Jews, which hearkens back to the worst rhetoric of 20th Century dictators and autocrats. That the President of the United States continues to attack minority citizens and display an open contempt for democratic norms should disqualify him from running a bathtub, let alone the most powerful nation in the world.

“Though he is undoubtedly unaware of the statistic, Donald Trump should consider why 80% of American Jews vote Democrat. Our party stands up for families, for working people, for minority rights, for every American who has ever been told “you can’t, you shouldn’t, you’re not allowed.” We are Democrats because the Democratic Party lives up to Rabbi Hillel’s ancient creed: “if I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?”

Noah Arbit, Founder and Chair of the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus, added, “No surprise, the President’s rhetoric continues to be hateful and disqualifying. Once again, I am reminded why the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus is so timely and necessary. At a time when Jews and other minority groups are being targeted because of who we are - and apparently, how we vote - it is more critical than ever that our voices are heard in the political process. The Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus will continue to work with our partners and allies across Michigan and build a robust campaign to elect a President who will stand up to antisemitism, not stoke its most noxious of flames.”


CONTACT: Noah Arbit, Chair

(248) 325-8560


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