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Republicans to spend millions in effort to split Democrats, Jewish voters: report
Republican groups reportedly plan to spend more than ever before in an attempt to court Jewish voters who historically vote for Democrats.
The organizations, led by the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), plan to spend over $10 million on the effort, according to Politico.
Republicans hope to exploit rifts in the Democratic Party over support for Israel while depicting President Trump as a stalwart defender of the nation, the news outlet added.
"This strain within the Democratic Party is making those centrist and center-left Jews who care about these issues feel more and more uncomfortable, and with the strength of Donald Trump and the Republican Party on these issues we believe that we'll be able to bring those folks over to the Republican side," RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks told Politico.
While Jewish voters have supported Democrats by substantial margins in recent elections, former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, who sits on the RJC board, said conditions are right to sway enough Jewish voters to make a difference in key states.
"If you accept that there are sizeable Jewish populations in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, [and] Michigan, the Jewish vote - if we can make additional inroads - can be very helpful in putting you over the top," Fleischer told the news outlet. "The White House knows that."
Politico noted that Dan Conston, president of the American Action Network and Congressional Leadership Fund, has said depicting Democrats as insufficiently opposed to anti-Semitism is key to recapturing the suburban voters whose support drove the party's November 2018 House victory. Conston's groups have released digital advertisements tying Democratic House members in swing districts to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), whose criticism of Israel has been condemned by prominent Republicans and Democrats as invoking anti-Semitic stereotypes, it added.
Trump has in recent weeks increasingly blasted Democrats as anti-Semitic or anti-Israel. In a speech to the RJC on Saturday, Trump said Omar "doesn't like Israel."
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Sunday dismissed Trump's efforts to paint Democrats as anti-Semitic, saying the president's "lack of character and values that are certainly inconsistent with Jewish values, I think, are only consolidating support in the Jewish community."