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How can a Jew morally support Trump?

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For a long time, together with many of my friends and members of my family, I have been wondering how any morally sensitive Jew could have support Donald Trump for president of the United States of America. And now, in light of his clear and vocal incitement to insurrection and sedition leading up to the mob attack on the Capitol in Washington DC on January 6th and on that very day, this question has come into sharper focus and I do not understand how any ethically conscious Jew in America or Israel could support this dangerous, delusional and destructive man.

One of my rabbinic colleagues and friends, Rabbi Jeff Salkin, of West Palm Beach, Florida, raised similar questions in his piercing and poignant post for Religion News Service a few days ago. He reflected about Trump’s support of the alt-right Proud Boys and other anti-Semitic groups. He wondered about whether Jewish Trumpies cared more about Trump’s moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem than they cared about the attack on the Capital in Washington. He asked whether Jews who voted for and support Trump and saw his latest attacks on American democracy and his persistent lies thought at all about what happened in Germany in the 1930’s even once. And finally, he raised the all important question of silence and complicity:

Did you ask yourself: Is this what my support of this man has finally wrought? All this time — for the past four years and beyond: Did you say nothing? Did you ever read that little slice of Talmudic teaching: Silence implies consent? If, all this time, you were silent, did you really mean for your silence to be consent?

Did you ask yourself:........

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