Republican Jewish Coalition

The RJC Weekly Newsletter

May 21, 2020

Your weekly look at the latest news, analysis, and RJC activities around the country.

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RJC in the News

The RJC’s efforts to help GOP challenger Randy Feenstra unseat Rep. Steve King (R-IA-4) in the primary have attracted strong media attention.


The JTA ran a full story on this unusual move by the RJC: 

The Republican Jewish Coalition is best known for scorching ads challenging the pro-Israel credentials of Democratic candidates. This election cycle, however, it is leading the charge against a GOP congressman: Steve King of Iowa.

…Not only is the Republican Jewish Coalition leading the charge to keep King in the GOP doghouse, the group wants him out of office altogether. Its political action committee recently announced that it was backing Randy Feenstra, the Iowa state senator who is challenging King in the primary.

…But party-aligned interest groups like the RJC are influential not just because of donors, but also because the parties look to them to take the lead on issues the interest group most cares about. The RJC making a case that a Republican is trafficking in anti-Semitism or white supremacism carries more weight than when it comes from an outside group.

…Since launching the campaign targeting King, [RJC Executive Director Matt] Brooks has tweaked his counterpart at the Jewish Democratic Council of America, Halie Soifer, for not backing primary challenges to [Reps. Rashida] Tlaib [of Michigan] and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who both back Israel boycotts. “Our guys have never shied away from speaking up and trying to take candidates out,” he said. “It would be nice to see something comparable on the other side.”

Read the whole thing here


The RJC was also recognized for our get-out-the-vote efforts, which helped Mike Garcia win the special election in California’s 15th Congressional District last week. JTA’s weekly roundup included this quote from RJC’s Alex Siegel:

“Not only did our PAC and supporters fundraise for him, but we used peer-to-peer texting to encourage Jewish Republican voters in the district to return their ballots,” Alex Siegel, the RJC’s deputy executive director and California regional director, tells me. “With mail-in ballots figuring to be much more prevalent in this November’s election, our use of this political technology will be a key outreach tool for us.”

Recent Articles of Note

Matt Margolis at PJ Media has a timeline of the Trump administration’s actions in the early weeks of the coronavirus outbreak that refutes the claim by MoveOn and others that President Donald Trump did not act quickly enough to protect Americans from the virus. 


Jim Geraghty at National Review looks at what we’re getting right – and what we’re not – as the country begins to reopen from the lockdown. There is a great deal of good news to note here. 


Speaking of recovering from the economic effects of the pandemic lockdown: The Hill reports that President Trump has signed an executive order directing federal agencies to identify regulatory standards that may inhibit economic recovery, so they can be permanently or temporarily lifted. 


We know that China lied to the world about the novel coronavirus, apparently aided by the World Health Organization (WHO). In April, President Trump announced that the US was temporarily suspending funding for the WHO. In a letter this week to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the President laid out the details of the organization’s misleading statements and failures to act, asserting that the US would permanently stop funding for the WHO unless the organization committed to making “major substantive improvements” in the next 30 days. 


Countdown to Election Day


The RJC is committed to reelecting President Donald Trump, keeping the Senate, and winning back the House. We encourage our members to participate in our outreach phonebank project to help Republicans win in November. It's easy, and you can do it from home! Here's how YOU can help: 

- Sign up to call Jewish voters from home by clicking HERE
- Fill out all of the fields.
- Listen to the instructions and write down your username and password when a member of the RJC Victory Team contacts you.
- Make as many phone calls as you can. Everyone you speak to is a potential vote for President Trump and the GOP!


Sign up now and you could be the next RJC Volunteer of the Week!



The Republican Jewish Coalition is hiring field staff for our advocacy efforts in support of President Donald Trump’s reelection in various battleground states. CLICK HERE for details and application information. 



The RJC PAC has endorsed a terrific slate of House and Senate incumbents, and we need them to continue their work on Capitol Hill! CLICK HERE to donate through the RJC PAC portal and show your support for our great candidates!


And don't forget your RJC/Trump kippah! 
Our extremely popular red Trump kippah is now for sale for just $18. This includes shipping and handling. Supplies are limited. 



— Short Takes —

Jerusalem Day – A look at the men who liberated the Old City

Tonight begins Yom Yerushalayim/Jerusalem Day in Israel, celebrating the Jewish calendar anniversary of the reunification of the city after the 1967 Six Day War. In this short video, the men featured in the iconic photo of young Israeli soldiers at the Western Wall on June 7, 1967, recall their experiences.


PA refuses UAE aid sent via Israel

In an historic moment this week, an Etihad Airways jet made the first direct flight from Abu Dhabi to Ben-Gurion Airport, bringing medical aid for West Bank Palestinians. The Palestinian Authority government refused to accept the aid, saying that the Palestinians would not be used as a pretext for the UAE trying to improve its relations with Israel.


How Russiagate began with Obama’s Iran deal domestic spying campaign

Lee Smith, writing at Tablet Magazine, has an outstanding article connecting the persecution of Gen. Michael Flynn to Obama administration officials who were intent on protecting their signature policy achievement: the Iran nuclear deal.


China to impose sweeping national security law in Hong Kong, bypassing city’s legislature

China isn’t letting the pandemic crisis go to waste. The Washington Post reports that China's Communist Party will impose a sweeping national security law in Hong Kong by fiat during the annual meeting of its top political body, officials said Thursday, criminalizing "foreign interference" along with secessionist activities and subversion of state power. The move is the boldest yet from Beijing to undercut Hong Kong’s autonomy and bring the global financial hub under its full control, as it works to rewrite the “one country, two systems” framework that has allowed the territory to enjoy a level of autonomy for the past 23 years.


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— Events —


RJC Victory Team National Day of Action


Please join us for the upcoming RJC Victory Team Virtual Days of Action scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, Tuesday, June 2, and Thursday, June 4. We'll continue our calls to potential Jewish voters in Pennsylvania and Ohio, key battleground states of the 2020 election cycle. Click here to sign up and help! 


We look forward to scheduling in-person grassroots events and resuming our chapter activities around the country as soon as possible. Don't forget to check our web site for updates. 


We also encourage you to check out the terrific content and virtual events offered by our sister organization, the Jewish Policy Center.

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