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The RJC Weekly Newsletter

July 16, 2020

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

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RJC Town Hall This Sunday!


I’ll be back next week with my regular “Notes from Norm” about important House and Senate races, but today I want to encourage you to join us for the RJC Town Hall this Sunday night at 7:30 pm ET. You’ll hear Nikki Haley, Mark Levin, the RJC’s Matt Brooks, and me discuss the critical issues facing the Jewish community in 2020.


If you haven’t already registered, please do so now. If you have registered, thank you! Please continue sharing the registration link ( with other folks you think should join in.


This is a conversation you won’t want to miss about foreign policy, domestic policy, and the critical political choices of 2020. Reserve your spot by registering today!


Please watch this space for more in-depth analysis on individual races in the critical 2020 elections. If you’d like to share your thoughts with me on any of these races, please email me at [email protected]Click here to see previous "Notes from Norm."


How Trump Wins

Victor Davis Hanson describes the challenges President Donald Trump faces as we approach the election in November: 

By January 2019, after over three years of failed efforts to impeach him, sue him, indict him, impoverish him, and destroy him, the left had failed. The economy was booming. Trump’s tweets were mostly bragging about his accomplishments. And the left was dumbfounded that both impeachment and Mueller, in Nietzschean fashion, had only made Trump stronger.

Then came an unexpected trifecta catastrophe — plague, a quarantine-induced recession, and a leftist cultural revolution in the streets. Suddenly, the left saw all of that as a gift that might succeed where its own self-constructed melodramas had failed.

Hanson lays out what Trump can do to come back strong and win in 2020 – defending America’s rich history and great tradition of freedom; laying out a plan for an economic revival that also solves the root causes of our problems; and emphasizing the great future ahead when Americans of all classes and races are united in restoring America’s promise for every one of us.


This article is a must-read


Nancy Pelosi Endorses Ilhan Omar

The Algemeiner reports

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has endorsed Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for re-election in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, announced Omar’s campaign on Monday.

Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matt Brooks rebuked the endorsement.

“It’s sad and disappointing how little the leadership of the Democratic Party cares about standing up to antisemitism within their ranks,” he told JNS. “For Nancy Pelosi to endorse Ilhan Omar, who has trafficked in virulent antisemitic comments and has been one of the most vocal anti-Israel members of Congress, sends a message to the Jewish community that the Democratic Party just doesn’t care.”

Omar can tout support from the House Speaker, but she faces a primary challenger who is beating her in the fundraising race and may beat her in the primary election on August 11. The Star Tribune reports

[Antone] Melton-Meaux, a mediation lawyer who emerged on the DFL scene late last year to challenge Omar, told the Star Tribune he raised a staggering $3.2 million between April and the end of June, with $2 million cash left in the bank before the Aug. 11 primary. He dramatically outraised Omar, who took in $471,624 during the same time period.

… The fundraising gap would be striking for any newcomer challenging an incumbent, but it’s especially notable in a race against Omar, a freshman Democrat and member of “The Squad” who has risen to prominence as one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar herself is a prolific fundraiser, fueled in part by her national profile and her unabashed criticism of President Donald Trump.


One response to the #Jewishprivilege hashtag. By SefiraCreative, seen on Twitter July 14, 2020.

Pushing Back on Antisemitism

Jonathan Tobin takes on the antisemitic notion of “Jewish privilege,” which trended on Twitter this week

After seeing the hashtag #Jewishprivilege used to spread anti-Semitic smears, a Jewish activist responded—and the result was a tidal wave of tweets testifying to the fact that the phrase has generally meant that Jews have been singled out for persecution.

…The notion of white Jewish privilege fits in with a mindset that sees the world divided into two groups: evil white people and virtuous people of color victimized by whites. In that formulation, American Jews are participants in the outrage of systematic racism. Israeli Jews fall into the category of oppressors of Third World people, even though the majority of its citizens are actually “people of color,” according to the criteria of the ideologues.

Both assertions are as false as the more traditional tropes of right-wing Jew-hatred.

While America is far from perfect, the idea that it is an irredeemably racist nation and that Jews are part of that problem is simply untrue. America remains an exceptional nation when it comes to anti-Semitism; Jews have been accepted in virtually every sector of society. It’s also true that anti-Jewish hate crimes remain the most prevalent form of religious bias in this country, according to two decades of FBI statistics.

Jews are not the beneficiaries of some mysterious privilege, either in the sense of the conspiracy mongers of the right or the intersectional ideologues of the left.

Hen Mazzig writes about how Jewish Twitter users took the #Jewishprivilage hashtag away from the haters, here


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 candidates, 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 —

Trump Takes Steps Regarding China

During a press conference in the White House Rose Garden, President Donald Trump announced that he had signed into law the Hong Kong Autonomy Act, which imposes sanctions on entities that help violate Hong Kong's autonomy and financial institutions that do business with. He also signed an executive order that ends the United States’ preferential treatment of Hong Kong. Under the executive order, exports from Hong Kong will be subject to the same tariffs the White House has imposed on goods from mainland China – marking a blow for leaders in Beijing as they struggle to revamp their economy amid the coronavirus pandemic and cutting off a lucrative loophole.



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RJC Victory Team National Days of Action


Please join us for the upcoming RJC Victory Team Virtual Days of Action scheduled next week for Tuesday, July 21 and Thursday, July 23 and then for Tuesday, July 28 and Tuesday, August 4We'll be calling potential Jewish voters in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona, and Georgia, 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.



While RJC offices are closed and our staff are teleworking, you can reach us by email or by phone (please leave a voicemail message and your call will be returned). Contact information for our offices can be found on our web site. Please visit us online for the latest RJC news, to volunteer for our 2020 outreach efforts, to see details of upcoming events, and to donate to the RJC.


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