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The RJC Weekly Newsletter

August 27, 2020

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

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Join Us Tonight!

Are you ready for the big night? Tonight, President Donald Trump will accept the GOP nomination for President at the Republican National Convention. But before that happens, RJC members and friends can get the inside scoop from Trump Campaign Senior Advisor Jason Miller.


Join us for a virtual event with Jason Miller tonight at 7pm Eastern Time, before the Convention begins. If you haven’t registered yet, click here.



Iowa Senate Race: Joni Ernst


If you watched the proceedings of the Republican National Convention last night, you saw one of the GOP's rising stars - Senator Joni Ernst. Senator Ernst's infectious optimism and her obvious dedication to serving her Iowa constituents made her speech one of the evening's highlights and illustrated how important it is that she win a second Senate term this November. Iowa is much more competitive than it was in 2014 and 2016, and polls show this is a very close race - one that may determine which party controls the Senate next year. 


Before she entered the political arena, Joni Ernst served our nation in uniform for more than 23 years as a member of the Army Reserves and the Iowa National Guard - including time spent deployed in the Middle East during the second Iraq War. After retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, she served as county auditor and State Senator before winning an upset victory in the 2014 Senate race to replace long-time liberal Sen. Tom Harkin.


Democrats never accepted that loss, and they targeted Ernst early this year, investing millions of dollars in attack ads. They also spent heavily to ensure that their hand-picked candidate, real estate executive Theresa Greenfield, won the nomination. Greenfield is a lockstep, party-line Democrat who thinks she can beat Ernst with the familiar Democrat Social Security scaremongering playbook.


Senator Ernst stands out as one of the most reliable pro-Israel leaders in the Senate, most recently illustrated by her signing on to Senator Ted Cruz's June 23 letter to President Trump, supporting Israel's right to apply sovereignty in Judea, Samaria, and the Jordan River Valley. What a contrast to her opponent, who proudly touts an endorsement from J Street. With the stakes so high, we must come through for our friend, Senator Joni Ernst!


The RJC PAC has endorsed Joni Ernst. You can help her win by clicking here to support her campaign.


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."



This is a Wake Up Call!

The Republican Jewish Coalition has released a new video, entitled “Wake Up Call,” that features four lifelong Jewish Democrats who will vote for President Donald Trump this November. 


The “Wake Up Call” video features Cantor Sagee Goldenholz, Mark Dunec, Dr. Caryn Borger, and Rabbi Alan Sherman telling their personal stories and sharing what convinced them to exit the Democratic Party and vote Republican. It’s a message every Jewish voter needs to see.


Watch the video here and please share it widely with your family and friends!


Read more about the video here


The Jewish Insider reported on the new RJC ad this morning:

The three-minute clip, which cost $10,000, will target Jewish voters in the key swing states of Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia and Arizona. The ad is part of the RJC’s $10 million spending strategy and the group’s third online ad of this election cycle. 

“As the Democratic Party moves away from Israel, works to defund our police, raise our taxes and oppose school choice, more and more Jewish Democrats are realizing that today’s party isn’t their grandparent’s Democratic Party and are leaving the party to support President Trump,”  RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks told JI. “We welcome them with open arms. The choice before voters this year is very clear and we’re going to see more and more Jewish Democrats cast their votes for President Trump in this election.”


RJC in the News

Last Sunday we held a terrific virtual event with Sen. Ted Cruz. If you missed the event, be sure to watch the recording featured on the RJC website homepage. (Scroll down to “RJC Live”.)


• The Jewish Insider quoted Sen. Cruz telling the RJC audience

“This is not your father’s Democratic Party. This Democratic Party is radicalized. It’s radicalized on every axis,” Cruz explained, citing legislators including Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN). “If you look at the voices that are on the ascent in the Democratic Party, it is Bernie Sanders, it is AOC, it is Ilhan Omar, it is Elizabeth Warren — it is the angriest and most radical far-left views,” Cruz said. 

“And when it comes to foreign policy, Bernie Sanders, who had the triumphant first night of the Democratic convention, described and said his movement is winning and has been adopted by Joe Biden,” he added. “I believe foreign policy under the Biden administration will be driven by Bernie, who wants to slash our military spending and gut the Defense Department. It will be driven by [Ocasio-Cortez] and Omar, who we see now with repeatedly antisemitic, anti-Israel comments. It is the Israel-hating far left that is dominant in the Democratic Party right now.”

• RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks participated in a panel discussion hosted by the AJC on “The Future of the US-Israel Relationship: Challenges and Aspirations for a Vital Alliance” with Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1), Mesa, Arizona Mayor John Giles, and Kirsten Fontenrose of the Atlantic Council. The thoughtful, in-depth conversation can be seen here.


• The Washington Post published a profile of Vice President Mike Pence this week and asked RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks for his thoughts

[Pence] focuses on personal touches, sending notes and cards and thank-yous, and hosts meals with operatives and donors. His office is fastidious about fulfilling small favors — organizing White House tours and answering calls from lobbyists, executives and others…

“As we say in the Jewish community, everybody thinks the vice president is a mensch,” said Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

• When it was discovered that Mary Ann Mendoza, who was slated to address the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night, had promoted an antisemitic Twitter thread, the GOP quickly removed her from the program. The Republican Jewish Coaltion praised their response, as the Washington Post reports

“We are deeply troubled by Mendoza’s tweets and comments that trafficked in vicious anti-Semitic messages,” Matt Brooks, the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, said in a statement. “While we mourn the horrible loss of her son, her views clearly disqualify her from addressing the Convention. We are pleased that Convention officials took prompt action to make sure the Convention reflects who we are and our values as a party.”

• The RJC was delighted to see one of our members, Rabbi Aryeh Spero, give the opening prayer on the third night of the Republican National Convention. Rabbi Spero is a prominent conservative thinker whose articles have appeared in dozens of major publications. You can watch him here.


Tobin: Biden Can’t Have It Both Ways on Sarsour and Antisemitism

Jonathan Tobin has a must-read column this week. He takes Joe Biden and his campaign to task for including antisemitic radical activist Linda Sarsour in the Democratic National Convention daytime programming, then apologizing to the Jewish community for doing so -- and then apologizing to Sarsour and her cronies for the apology.  Tobin writes

[W]hile the prime time schedule made the case for [Joe] Biden as a centrist, the DNC’s daytime events shown online were aimed at the party’s grassroots activists. That meant a steady diet of political extremism designed to appease a left-wing base that is enthusiastic about defeating Trump, but not excited about Biden. And it is the aftermath of one such dose of radicalism — a speech given by former Women’s March leader and BDS activist Linda Sarsour—that is calling into question the sincerity of the Biden campaign’s rhetoric about Israel and anti-Semitism.

…All presidents should listen to all faith and ethnic groups. But an open door to extremists and anti-Semites like Sarsour and CAIR gives the lie to [Biden foreign policy advisory Tony] Blinken’s previous statements about Israel and not tolerating anti-Semitism. Put simply, if Linda Sarsour is on your team, if her feelings are important to you and you say you want to include her in future discussions, you can’t also claim you are opposed to anti-Semitism.

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 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. 



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Gerber: Palestinian Authority oppresses Palestinians — here’s how to help people and bring peace

RJC Board of Directors member Sander Gerber writes that the recent agreement to establish normalized relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, reached with the help of the US, suggests the Gulf states may be ready to sidestep the greatest impediment to peace between Israelis and Palestinians: the Palestinian Authority.


Strassel: The Obama-Biden Virus Response

Kimberly Strassel at the Wall Street Journal reviews some not-so-ancient history: the H1N1 swine-flu outbreak of 2009-2010. The Obama-Biden administration flubbed the response to a virus that infected 60 million Americans. (There are some 5 million reported cases of coronavirus.) For example, Team Obama promised 100 million doses of vaccine by October, but only produced 11 million. If H1N1 had the fatality rate of Covid-19, it could have been one of the worst mass-casualty events in American history.



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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 Sunday, August 30Tuesday, September 1 and Thursday, September 3We'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!



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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