• MJAC Staff

Who will Jews vote for this November?


Let me start off by saying, "I don't know."

As is always the case though, some people think they know. Predicting future is a risky endeavor, but pundits are willing to take that plunge. It is, after all, part of their job.

On the other hand, Jonathan Tobin says:

But in a country where views about this president have polarized Americans, the majority of Jews who are loyal Democrats wouldn’t vote for Trump—or fail to vote for his opponent—under any circumstances. Nothing Sanders has said or done could persuade most Democrats not to pull the lever for him (though to be fair the same could be said for most Republicans about Trump).
Still others will be persuaded to back Sanders out of misplaced pride in his milestone achievement or as an answer to stray anti-Semitic remarks about him emanating from the far-right all the while shutting their eyes to the anti-Semites on the left, who not unreasonably anticipate that a Sanders’s administration will effectively destroy the U.S.-Israel alliance.
So while there may be some erosion of Jewish support for the Democratic ticket if it’s led by Bernie Sanders, don’t expect the drop-off to come close to approaching the levels of the Reagan-Carter race. Jewish Democrats, including many who consider themselves ardent friends of the Jewish state, will hold their noses and complain, but in the end, they’ll vote for a presidential candidate who is openly hostile to Israel and supportive of its foes. And no one, either in Israel or the United States, should be shocked when this happens.

What do you say? Who do you think Jews will vote for in November. Leave your answer in the comments.

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