The Beginning of Jexodus ? 

THE SPIN ROOM | Trump, following in the footsteps of Elizabeth Pipko, called for a Jewish exodus from years of voting for the Democrats. Is this a growing movement or just election fodder for Trump? The Forward’s Batya Ungar-Sargon and Breitbart’s Aaron Klein debate.

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A fringe ‘Jexodus’ movement seeking to weaken US Jews’ support for the Democratic party got its second boost Friday from President Donald Trump, who said Republicans ‘are waiting with open arms’.

In an earlier tweet this week, Trump quoted the spokeswoman for ‘Jexodus,’ Elizabeth Pipko, who said that Democrats ‘don’t care about Israel or the Jewish people.’

The Jewish vote has long leaned solidly left but Trump puts major emphasis on his support for Israel’s right-wing prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and allies cast him as the most pro-Israeli US leader in history.

Trump’s latest gambit is to promote a tiny, newly-created group called ‘Jexodus,’ which wants to lure Jewish voters to the Republicans.

In a tweet supporting the bid to encourage ‘Jewish people to leave the Democrat Party,’ Trump touted his controversial decisions to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem and to withdraw from a carefully crafted deal over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Trump’s decision to give the fledgling group so much publicity comes as Republicans try and take advantage of turmoil in the Democratic Party over recent comments by a congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, that some saw as anti-Semitic.

But in the 2016 presidential elections, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton scored 71 percent of the Jewish vote to Trump’s 24 percent.

Even Pipko, who is reported to be a former Trump White House staffer, seemed to question whether ‘Jexodus’ will have much success.

Speaking on the “FOX & Friends” morning news show, a favorite of Trump’s, she said her Jewish friends ‘never changed their minds’ over supporting Democrats and ‘I don’t think they’re going to change’.

Others echoed her sentiment, criticizing the US president’s implications of homogeneity of Jewish-American political preferences.

Trump has touted his administration’s transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May 2018 as evidence of his undying commitment to the Jewish people.

Census data and exit polls from recent elections contradict Trump’s remarks, showing that most of the US’ remain members of the Democratic party, they hold diverse views on various issues including US support for the state of Israel.

According to exit polls, 71 percent of US Jews voted Democratic in the 2016 elections between Trump and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

In 2018, Democrats won 79 percent of the Jewish vote.

The American Jewish Committee released an SSRS poll that showed slightly lower amounts of support for Democrats from Jewish voters but the same trend: 67 percent of Jews voted Democratic in 2016 and 74 percent in 2018.

Moreover, the timing of Trump’s latest foray into Jewish-American politics raised eyebrows.

His tweet calling for Jews to abandon the Democratic party came just after he tweeted an expression of sympathy for victims of mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques that killed 49 people.One of the alleged perpetrators posted a lengthy statement expressing deep hatred for Islam.

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