Rabbi Dov Zakheim: Trump is unelectable, not serious candidate
Haaretz, a major Israeli newspaper, recently published an interesting article discussing Jewish support for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, which apparently is lacking. At the end of the article, Rabbi Dov Zakheim, a former official in the George W. Bush administration and major 9/11 war criminal with deep connections to the Jewish state of Israel, claims that Trump is not electable and is not a serious candidate in spite of his commanding lead in a variety of presidential polls, crushing victory in the recent Republican debate, and widespread media attention.
Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner, has support among some American Jews, though insiders say there hasn’t been the same uptick in his popularity among Jews as there was among Americans in general after the first Republican candidates’ debate.
Trump’s bump is from “people who are pissed off at the status quo,” said one prominent Jewish Republican, who did not want to be named when talking about the brash media personality and real estate developer. “Everybody knows that the Jewish community is a bit better informed, and are ‘high information’ voters,” he said. For them, “Donald Trump is not much more than window dressing. That’s probably why we’re not seeing as much support among American Jews.”
No one can say for sure just how much support he has among Jews. There have not yet been large enough surveys of Republican voters to count Jews in a statistically reliable way, political pollsters say. […]
A Republican political consultant said the Trump candidacy falls along typical fault lines within the Jewish vote: “Those who have a huge dislike for Obama will vote for whoever the Republican candidate is, even if it’s Barney the Dinosaur.”
In terms of impact on the election, since neither California nor New York is a swing state, the influence of those who hate Democrats and would vote for Trump is “small bordering on insignificant,” said the political consultant, who wished to remain unnamed.
Though Trump is self-financing his campaign and not soliciting contributions, he likely wouldn’t find them among wealthy Republican Jews even if he were, said the consultant.
“Most of the money, those with long track records of raising in excess of $100,000, the RJC members, those people are solidly in the Jeb Bush camp,” he said. […]
A look at the Donald J. Trump Foundation’s 2013 tax documents — the most recent available — show that of the relatively modest $918,000 it distributed that year, none went to any obviously Jewish organization. […]
His foundation made no donations to Jewish or Israel-related groups in 2013.
And even after being celebrated as the guest of honor at its gala, Trump did not donate to The Algemeiner Journal or its related foundation, even. “We hoped that he would but we didn’t demand it,” Jacobson said. But, he said, “We have goodwill with him now.”
Though the Trump presidential campaign has thus far been thin on policy positions — there are none on his campaign website — he has historically been a vocal proponent of Israel, and more recently critical of the Iran nuclear deal.
“Trump has a reputation for being philo-Semitic,” said Dov Zakheim, who served as Under Secretary of Defense from 2001-2004 during the tenure of President George W. Bush.
“He’s also very hard line against the Iran deal and in support of Israel, and that makes him very attractive to some people,” Zakheim said.
Trump provided a video endorsement to Benjamin Netanyahu during his 2013 campaign for prime minister, in which he called the Israeli leader “a terrific guy, a terrific leader and great for Israel.” In 2004 Trump served as Grand Marshal of New York’s Salute to Israel parade.
“Having said that, as the campaign proceeds, if people are serious about electing a Republican who is solidly pro-Israel, they’re not going to vote for Trump, simply because he’s not electable,” Zakheim said. “He’s not serious, it’s as simple as that.”
Despite Trump’s shameful and, quite frankly, embarrassing public displays of subservience and groveling towards the Jewish state of Israel, which perhaps are done in a superficial manner in order to maintain existing business, familial, and political relations, the American political establishment and organized Jewish community certainly do not want to see a Trump presidency, let alone a serious and unpredictable Trump presidential campaign (which they are already trying to deal with and discredit).
Say what you want to about Trump, but from where I sit it appears he is the one running the show, not the other way around. He answers to no one but himself, and is constantly on the offensive, framing and re-framing the dialogue to suit his agenda, expertly engaging with the hostile mass media, and otherwise dominating the presidential campaign in every way.
And that scares the establishment, as they rely on spineless, cowardly traitors who toe the politically correct line on all subjects, something Trump does not appear to be willing to do.