Republican Jewish Coalition Commits to Raising $5 Million to Help Trump Reelection Campaign

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On Thursday, the Republican Jewish Coalition announced it will commit to raising at least $5 million to help former President Donald Trump's bid for a second term in the White House: 


The money would be raised through donations to the grassroots group, which represents Jewish Republicans nationally, and the initiative would be coordinated through donors and from the RJC Victory Fund super PAC, the organization announced.

According to RJC national political director Sam Markstein, the effort will be the RJC's largest ever to mobilize support for Trump, and comes "in addition to our $15 million independent expenditure," which he said is the largest independent spending in the group's history, Fox News reported.

The effort is driven in part by the current rise of antisemitic protests on college campuses across the country, which former President Trump has denounced:

"As antisemitism spikes to record highs and America's relationship with our ally Israel continues to reach new lows, the Jewish community is more energized than ever to turn the page from the failures, broken promises, and betrayals by Joe Biden," Markstein said. "Nov. 5 cannot come soon enough."

The Republican Jewish Coalition was founded in 1985 to serve as a voice for the conservative Jewish community, and Republican lawmakers and party officials. The Coalition officially endorsed Trump for a second term in March.


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In April, the former President commented on the protests, denouncing the antisemitism on display:

"The Biden protests that are going on are horrible — it is all caused by him because he doesn’t speak — he can’t put two sentences together," Trump said. "He’s got to get out and make a statement because the colleges are being overrun in this country." 

Trump said "the antisemitism, all of the problems going on, they’re being overrun." 

"I’ve never seen anything like it," Trump said.

American Jews still register as Democrats over Republicans by a greater than 2-1 margin. But, in a stunning post-Oct 7th piece in the Free Press, writer and podcast host Konstantin Kisin pointed out how that may be changing.

Many people woke up on October 7 sympathetic to parts of woke ideology and went to bed that evening questioning how they had signed on to a worldview that had nothing to say about the mass rape and murder of innocent people by terrorists.

The reaction to the attacks—from outwardly pro-Hamas protests to the mealy-mouthed statements of college presidents, celebrities, and CEOs—has exploded the comforting stories many on the center-left have told themselves about progressive identity politics.


It remains to be seen whether recent events will result in any significant shift among American Jews concerning their political affiliation. While the Republican Jewish Coalition, founded by the late political donor and businessman Sheldon Adelson, has always been openly conservative, the events of Oct 7th, the ongoing disturbances on American college campuses, and the tepid and conditional support for Israel by the Biden administration, may be changing some opinions.

So far the Biden reelection campaign has outstripped the Trump campaign in fundraising. But in 2016, Hillary Clinton spent nearly twice as much on her campaign as Donald Trump, and went on to lose the election.


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