Donald Trump & The Jews

Peter Brimelow writes: Donald Trump has come under intense attack for his stance on immigration. But, for those who remember, it is significantly less intense than the barrage that met Pat Buchanan when he ran for President. One obvious but unspoken reason for this: Trump simply has not riled up the organized Jewish community as much—yet.

Partly this is cultural. Unlike Buchanan, Trump appears to be a comfortingly nominal Christian. And, as a recent JTA/ Times of Israel article put it:

Trump is from New York, works in professions saturated with Jews and long has been a vocal supporter of Israel. His daughter and two grandchildren are Jewish, the executive vice president of his organization is Jewish — and Trump certainly has chutzpah.

When it comes to Jewish ties, no GOP candidate trumps Trump, by Uriel Heilman, August 8, 2015

Indeed, Trump’s instant, violent and histrionic reaction to any perceived check, while apparently utterly stunning to the Washington-based political elite, seems actually perfectly normal to anyone who has lived in Manhattan (or, for that matter, has had a Jewish girlfriend).

But can it last? I would say no. The blind commitment of American Jews to the post-1965 policy of mass immigration, alas, has proved (with notable exceptions) at least as strong as their commitment to Israel. Already you can see the emotion kicking in: Ross Kaminsky (email him) writes in Trump’s shameful immigration plan (American Spectator, Aug 18 2015):

His plan to require businesses to “hire American workers first” has the stench of xenophobia backed up by the fist of government. Perhaps as a Jew I’m overly sensitive, but when I hear Trump speak I can’t help but think of “Germany for the Germans.”

(Link in original). Kaminsky is clearly not at all “sensitive” to how insulting this must appear to the nation that defeated Hitler.

On the other hand, Donald Trump’s reaction to this attack, when it inevitably materializes, will be on present form something to see.

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