It is either going to be close, as most of the possibly hyped-up polls are showing, or President Trump is going to score a significant and resounding victory on November 3. Either way, the country needs a Trump victory more than anything we ever needed before.
And the greatest miracle here, with a bit more than ten days to the election, is that the sentiment in the overall Jewish community seems to be shifting. The Orthodox Jewish community is heavily voting for President Trump, and that is particularly true here in New York, as the community is being exploited and abused by the very Democrats we elected to office.
An American Jewish Committee poll released earlier this week said that in the overall Jewish community, 75% plan to vote for Joe Biden and just 22% for President Trump. That’s either not true or just plain disappointing.
If the Democratic candidate were the old Joe Biden, we all could have dealt with that, but the Joe Biden we are seeing (or not seeing) every day is way beyond his prime, politically weak, and vulnerable to caving in to the extreme left and possibly not even realizing it.
Here in New York, the community that thought it had a good and solid relationship with Governor Andrew Cuomo found out that the opposite is true. He’s still the governor, and our community leaders need to have open communication with him, but you can rest assured that this episode will not soon be forgotten.
Cuomo was a good and popular governor so long as the most difficult task he had to deal with was passing a state budget each year. The onset of the pandemic required real leadership, and he unfortunately failed terribly and to the extreme on that count. At a campaign rally in Arizona on Monday afternoon, President Trump said, “Governor Cuomo killed over 11,000 people in New York.”
Those are harsh words. Andrew Cuomo did not personally kill anyone. He was responsible to a great extent, however, for many of those deaths, and that is a tragedy. It was a costly miscalculation. President Trump ordered the conversion of the Javits Center into a 2,900-bed hospital and sent a military floating hospital with 1,000 beds to dock in Manhattan. The governor refused to send patients to those hospital beds primarily because he would have to thank Mr. Trump for helping New York. Instead, he sent infected patients in hospitals back to their nursing homes where they and many others died.
The Cuomo bungling transcended the nursing home fiasco. At one point at his daily news conferences, Cuomo said that New York would desperately need 40,000 respirators. The state did what they had to do with 8,000 respirators before doctors learned that intubating patients did more harm than good except in extreme cases.
But that is about Cuomo and New York. This is about Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and the Jewish vote in the upcoming election.
Earlier this week, I received an e-mail from an acquaintance here in the Five Towns community inquiring about submitting an essay to be published here. He said the title of his as-yet-unwritten piece would be “The Orthodox Jewish Case For Joe Biden.” I told him that I had no objection, but that I would have to read the piece before I committed.
While he was deliberating on whether to write it or not, I asked him to explain his thought process to me. I thought that considering the people who surround Biden and who will be advising him, voting for Trump did not take a great deal of deliberation.
The young man said it would be easier to explain his position to me in a phone call rather than continue to communicate by e-mail and texts. We spoke later that day, and all he could talk about was how potentially dangerous a Trump second term might be for the Jewish community. I listened to him for two minutes and then said, “Hold on a second. You’re not for Biden at all; you’re just against Trump.”
He emitted a nervous laugh and disagreed with me but still did not offer an explanation about why a Biden presidency would be better. Again, it was just about Trump who, in his estimation, is a “dangerous narcissist.” I asked him how he knew that, and he suggested that I speak to a psychoanalyst who has experience dealing with narcissism.
I’ve known this young man a long time and we even see one another from time to time at social events (well, in days gone by). I asked if he was suggesting that before any of us decide who to vote for we should consult a mental-health worker for an analysis of the candidate we want to support.
We said we would continue the conversation at a later date. A few hours later, he texted me that he had second thoughts about writing the essay on voting in the Jewish community and would not be doing it. He said he did not believe that people, especially here in the Five Towns, would understand.
Last year, after the president recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights and the year after he moved the American embassy to Jerusalem, he commented that anyone in the Jewish community who did not support him was “disloyal.”
All that said was that the president did not understand the diversity and range of attitudes on issues in our Jewish communities. Another recent poll showed that as far as American Jews are concerned, only 5% of respondents said that U.S. policy on Israel was a priority for them. And at the same time, it is important to note that almost 50% of the American Jewish population has never been to Israel.
The view on these matters from the New York area is much different than it is in Jewish communities around the country. Jews represent a few million votes out of more than 150 million that are expected to be cast this year. And despite our relatively small numbers, our presence in key states like Florida and Ohio can actually determine who will be the next president.
You know that the 5TJT wholeheartedly supports the reelection of President Trump. It is imperative for the good of the United States and the U.S.–Israel relationship. If that is not a priority for you, that does not make you disloyal, just misguided. I understand if you do not like his style, but this is about substance, not whether or not Donald Trump can be your friend.
It’s a fateful election, and we all have an important decision to make by November 3.
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