Yes, the US is a free country and yes US Jews have full voting rights in, something our ancestors in medieval Europe never imagined in their wildest dreams.
Yes, we should vote. Democracy is fueled by an electorate that cares enough to cast ballots but the wholehearted embrace of President Trump in certain Jewish circles is too much.
Go ahead and vote for the Donald. Contribute to the campaign if you like—it’s your money but please, be discreet. Skip the public endorsements and the glittering $5000 a plate banquets when many Americans are scrambling to put food on the table.
Don’t forget that as wonderful as it has been America it is yet another diaspora. We Jews are only guests Mr. Trump who was idolized most recently in a cringe-worthy Yaakov Shwekey video may very well lose this election and it’s not even related to his performance.
Any sitting head of state whose term of office has included a global pandemic and economic collapse is probably doomed. Many Americans are craving change. That’s a natural impulse when times are tough. If we are to believe the pollsters the Biden ticket with its promise of a return to the halcyon Obama years seems like a shoo-in.
We Jews live in isolated bubbles in our neighborhoods and on social media. That causes us to forget that in much of America Trump is a widely reviled figure. Justified or not many many people hate him vehemently.
Don’t forget America’s long history of anti-Semitism especially it’s failure to make room for Jews who sought to flee Nazi Europe. An overly close association with a likely loser will only fan the flames of anti-Semitism.
Don’t burn bridges—we Jews need a friend in the White House even if it’s occupied by democrats.
So do the smart thing. Vote for whomever you want. Donate to whomever you want but please be discrete.