Republican Jewish Coalition

The RJC Weekly Newsletter

June 04, 2020

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

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— Featured —

RJC in the News

• The RJC spoke out strongly about the death of George Floyd and about the protests and riots that have taken place in American cities in recent days. Jewish News Syndicate reports

In a statement to JNS, the Republican Jewish Coalition said, “Like all civilized people, we grieve for George Floyd and his family. His murder was outrageous, and rightfully brings an important conversation to the public forefront. We need to do more in this country to protect minority and other vulnerable groups including the Jewish community.

“The peaceful protests are an important piece in facilitating that conversation. The rioting and looting we have seen the past few nights only serves to hurt the process to bring about much needed change and will divide us further. Violence in the streets must be addressed swiftly and effectively and law and order must be restored so that citizens and business owners will no longer suffer and so that the memory of George Floyd can serve as a catalyst for change.”

• The RJC criticized Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell of California for comparing ex-US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels. The Algemeiner reports

In a social media exchange on Tuesday night with journalist Ryan Lizza, Swalwell — who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination last year — referred to Grenell as “Goebbels with a Twitter account.”

In a statement on Wednesday, the national chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition, former Senator Norm Coleman, said, “Ric has been one of the most strident and effective defenders of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. While political rhetoric can get heated, there is no excuse for ugly comparisons to one of the worst monsters in human history. It demeans the important work that Ric has done — getting Germany to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, starving the terrorist regime in Iran of funds that would be used to finance terror against Israel and the Jewish people, and speaking out in defense of German Jews who were targets of antisemitic attacks.”

“Swalwell owes a genuine apology to Mr. Grenell, to his constituents whom he has embarrassed, and to the victims of Goebbels whose suffering he minimized by this comparison,” Coleman added.

• We took a victory lap this week after two of the RJC PAC’s top endorsees won their primary races. Randy Feenstra defeated Republican Rep. Steve King in Iowa’s 4th district and Lisa Scheller won the GOP primary in Pennsylvania’s 7th district.


RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said: “Steve King does not represent the Republican Party, and it’s time for him to leave Congress. We are happy that Randy Feenstra, a strong conservative and a friend of Israel, will be our party’s candidate for Congress in Iowa’s 4th district seat this year.” 


RJC’s unusual support for a primary challenger to a sitting Republican was widely noted in the press, including: The AlgemeinerThe Forward, Haaretz, CBS News, and the New York Times


RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks had this to say about the primary win for Lisa Scheller in Pennsylvania: 

We are delighted that Lisa Scheller won her primary and will face off against Democrat Susan Wild in the general election. Lisa earned the endorsement of the RJC PAC and the passionate support of RJC members because she is a principled fighter who will stand strong for the US-Israel alliance. We look forward to her victory in November, which will capture an important House seat, bring Nancy Pelosi one step closer to losing her Speaker’s gavel, and add another terrific Jewish Republican member to the US House of Representatives

Lisa Scheller will need our help to win in November. Click here to donate to her campaign.


• We were also pleased to note the primary defeat of Valerie Plame in New Mexico. The Washington Free Beacon reports

Valerie Plame's congressional bid came to an end on Tuesday when the former CIA operative, who has battled accusations of anti-Semitism and carpet bagging, was defeated in a Democratic primary.

… A spokesman for the Republican Jewish Coalition, Neil Strauss, celebrated Plame's defeat but expressed concern that Democratic leadership "supported an anti-Semite."

"Valerie Plame has frequently trafficked in and promoted anti-Semitic messages. The fact that prominent Democrats and celebrities, Chuck Schumer chief among them, chose to support her in a crowded field shows that Democrats aren't committed to combating left wing anti-Semitism," Strauss told the Washington Free Beacon.

• The RJC worked for passage of the Never Again Education Act, which will expand Holocaust education programming for American schools. It passed in both the House and Senate by large majorities. Last Friday, President Donald Trump signed the bill into law. Our efforts were noted by the Jewish News Service. 


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 —

The ending of Iran nuclear deal sanction waivers

Shoshana Bryen writes that if you understand Iran (“the Islamic Republic cheats on everything”), then you understand why the Trump administration was correct when it decided not to renew a set of Iran nuclear deal sanction waivers.


Palestinians snub tax handover by Israel over annexation

The Palestinians said on Wednesday they were rejecting taxes collected on their behalf by Israel, an escalation of measures in protest of Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank. The taxes, managed by Israel under 1990s accords, make up over half of the budget of the Palestinian Authority (PA).


BDS co-founder says goal of movement is end of Israel

In a newly recorded interview on May 21 with the Gazan Voice Podcast, co-founder of the BDS movement Omar Barghouti explains that should the movement’s goals be achieved, Israel would cease to exist.


— Tweets —





— Events —


RJC Victory Team National Day of Action


Please join us for the upcoming RJC Victory Team Virtual Days of Action scheduled next week for Tuesday June 9Thursday, June 11 and the following week for Tuesday, June 16 and Thursday, June 18. We'll continue our calls to potential Jewish voters in Florida, Georgia, and Arizona, 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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