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Donald Trump And Orthodox Jews – Report

US President Donald Trump has called the Democratic mayor of New York anti-Semitic for targeting Orthodox Jews in his neighborhood with an order to shut down the Coronavirus. Brooklyn seethes with resentment, angry at the mayor’s anti-Semitic remarks about the city’s Orthodox community. [Sources: 2, 11]

They are protesting the restrictions imposed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, as large numbers of Orthodox Jews live in the affected areas. [Sources: 9]

They are protesting against the restrictions imposed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo after the outbreak of the coronavirus, as a large number of Orthodox Jews live in all the affected areas. The Times of Israel notes: “The area affected is home to many Orthodox Jews, and its concentration has had a significant impact on the state’s economy, public health and public safety. [Sources: 5, 9]

Where political opponents once prayed peacefully side by side, politically liberal modern Orthodox Jews now find themselves increasingly isolated in the Trump era, which lends itself to high emotional burdens on political issues. Orthodox Jews are at the lower end of the political spectrum in polls, with the vast majority opposed to Trump and generally voting in large numbers for Democratic candidates. As Democrats become increasingly critical of Israel at every turn, the majority of Orthodox Judaism is beginning to feel the brunt of its political opposition to the president-elect. In a 2013 Pew study of American Jews who identified as Democrats or Democrats, compared to 56% who identified as Republicans or Republicans, more than three-quarters (73%) of New York’s Jews were opposed. [Sources: 0, 4, 10]

In American politics, where the adjective “Jew – Christian” was used, Orthodox Jews were among the most vocal opponents of the word, with Reform Jews taking the lead in seeking common ground with Protestants. [Sources: 3]

When same-sex marriage was legalized by the US Supreme Court in 2015, the only major Jewish group in America to object was the Orthodox. In the 2000s, pundits said Orthodox Jews tended to vote more conservatively in presidential elections than other religious groups in the United States. In recent years, however, they have leaned to the right, and increasingly chose conservative candidates, starting with George W. Bush. When Democrats began supporting same-sex marriage, Republicans found an opportunity to court them. [Sources: 0, 10]

As a Democratic governor, the controversy became political, as right-wing figures fanned demonstrations and Orthodox Jews claimed he targeted them. Democratic governor in New York state, but the controversies became political when right-wing figures fueled demonstrations and Orthodox Jews claimed he targeted them for their opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion. [Sources: 8]

Ultimately, the main fear that fueled support for Trump in America and among Orthodox Jews was, and still is, the rise of the progressive left. The liberal autopsy of the 2016 election was criticized as a failure by Democrats to keep separate groups of white voters, all of whom are presumably included in the autopsy report, but presumably not Orthodox Jews. In the final analysis of America’s Orthodox Jewish community, it was a rise of progressives and leftists that fueled support for Trump, according to the New York Times. [Sources: 3, 13]

Exit polls suggest that more than 70 percent of Jews nationwide voted for Hillary Clinton, but experts say that figure is lower in Boston, which has the highest percentage of Orthodox Jews in the United States and one of America’s largest Orthodox communities. While a similarly small proportion of self-identified Jews (about 1.5 percent) voted Democratic in 2016, they went Republican. That figure is a marked increase from a 2017 American Jewish Committee survey that found that 54% of all Orthodox Jewish Jews voted for Trump in 2016. That’s up about 10 percentage points from the same poll last year and the biggest increase since the 2016 election, according to the poll. [Sources: 3, 7, 12]

The Ami poll also found that Haredi Jews are more likely to vote for Trump than other religious Jews in the United States. Support for Israel is higher among the Modern Orthodox, too, but the same cannot be said for Orthodox Jews compared with the Jews surveyed in 2013 who “believe in the possibility of a peaceful two-state solution.” [Sources: 4, 12]

Orthodox Jews who exclude anti-Zionist Hasidim tend to support the right-wing government in Israel. There is also an active Republican electorate, including a majority that favors Republicans among Orthodox Jews and Jews unhappy with Obama’s handling of Israel, though there is some overlap between these groups. [Sources: 1, 3]

For one thing, Trump’s support among Orthodox Jews appears to have grown, though it has waned in recent years, unlike most of his coalition’s larger blocs, including evangelical Protestants. Interestingly, according to several recent polls, many members of Torah Trump’s hate group seem to be positioning themselves strongly in favor of Trump this year, and many of them have a more ultra-orthodox background (by which I specifically mean “hitoreri”). The Ami poll also found that haredi, or “ultra-Orthodox” Jews, were more likely to vote for Trump than other Jews with similar religious backgrounds. [Sources: 3, 4, 6, 10]


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