President Trump spoke at the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) yesterday when he got a greeting of a different sort from ten protesters from the radical leftist, progressive Jewish group IfNotNow. At least one of them was wearing a swastika. They were immediately ejected by security and the crowd roared their approval.
Amidst chants of ‘Four more years!’ and ‘USA! USA!’ President Trump waited for the protesters to be carted off. Then Trump fired back from his lectern. “He’s gone back home to mommy. He will be reprimanded,” Trump said of one protester who was led out by security. The crowd went wild once again.
The protesters climbed on top of their seats in the ballroom at the Sands Expo and began chanting slogans against the Israeli “occupation” of the West Bank. It appears the woman wearing the swastika did it to be ironic as some of the protesters unfurled a banner against “white nationalism.” “Jews are here to say, the Occupation is a plague. Jews are here to say, white nationalism is a plague,” the protesters shouted.
Vegas businessman Sheldon Adelson arrived amid massive applause as well. It was a high-spirited meeting and a very patriotic gathering. White House advisor Jared Kushner, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Middle East negotiator Jason Greenblatt, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon, and many Republican elected officials were also in attendance.
Approximately 2,000 people showed up for the gathering. That included those attending the RJC’s annual leadership meeting, as well as members of the general public. They waved signs in Hebrew and English that said “Trump.” Other signs read, “Thank you, President Trump!” and “We Are Jews for Trump.” Some men wore red yarmulkes emblazoned with “TRUMP” or “Make America Great Again.”
Before President Trump spoke, Andrew Pollack, the father of Meadow Pollack, who was one of 17 students killed in the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting last year took the podium. He is a very strong supporter of President Trump. He told the audience that he was a proud Jewish Republican, and said that fellow Jews who still supported Democrats had to be persuaded to see the light.
Minutes ago, 10 IfNotNow members interrupted Trump’s speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas, chanting "Jews are here to say, Occupation is a Plague! Jews are here to say White Nationalism is a Plague!"Trump's response? "They will be reprimanded."Learn how to get involved and what's next for our movement: Sign up for our Open Call on Wednesday, April 10th >> bit.ly/WhatsNextApril10
Posted by IfNotNow on Saturday, April 6, 2019
“Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN), who chairs the RJC and was against Trump’s nomination in 2016, told the audience he had been wrong — and listed Trump’s major accomplishments on U.S.-Israel relations — moving the embassy to Jerusalem, pulling out of the Iran deal, and recognizing Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights, among others.
“In that vein, four former Jewish Democrats who switched their party allegiance to the Republicans also spoke. Many cited former President Barack Obama’s hostility to Israel, and his eagerness to reach a nuclear agreement with the Iranian regime, which has vowed to destroy Israel. Others noted the rise of antisemitism in the Democratic Party.
“Trump focused on that theme in his remarks as well. He poked fun at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), whose repeated use of antisemitic remarks had caused controversy earlier in the year (but could not move her party to condemn her or antisemitism specifically). In his introduction, Trump pretended to welcome Omar to the conference in error, drawing laughter from the audience.
“Vice President Mike Pence also spoke later in the afternoon and addressed similar themes, telling the audience: “Antisemitism has no place in the United States Congress.”
“The extraordinary appearance of both the president and vice president at the RJC leadership meeting is a sign that Republicans believe they can appeal to Jewish Americans to change parties — and also represents an effort by the administration to highlight one of the most prominent examples of its policy success.”
Protestors can’t kill this vibe! Leave it to the “tolerant” leftists to wear swastika shirts under their blazers while they scream and protest the @RJC meeting. #TrumpatRJC
This audience and all the people here are amazing! Thank you @POTUS
— Nicole (@madamvicechair) April 6, 2019
In a statement from IfNotNow:
“We took action today two weeks before the Jewish holiday of Passover when Jews are commanded to remember the bitterness of slavery and our own oppression. Trump is a modern-day Pharaoh, and IfNotNow calls on our community to reject the plagues of Occupation and white nationalism,” the group said in a statement.
“RJC’s embrace of Trump and Netanyahu goes against the Jewish moral tradition by giving political cover to their racist, violent agendas — which are a threat to people around the world and to the future of the American Jewish community,” the statement continued.”
Sheldon Adelson gets an ovation as he arrives at the Republican Jewish Coalition event in Las Vegas pic.twitter.com/VxjegzirAj
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 6, 2019
I am not Jewish but I have always supported them. Those saying this do not strike me as real Jews. They are communists masquerading as being Jewish. I think that President Trump handled the protesters perfectly. It’s old hat to him these days. Thousands of the Jewish faith gathering in Vegas to support Trump for a 2020 run is a very bad omen for the left. What happens in Vegas won’t stay there politically.
Trump is immediately interrupted by protesters pic.twitter.com/auK9kVYLnl
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 6, 2019