December 4, 2015

Trump and Israel

Trump, Carson flop with Jewish Republicans

Before pro-Israel activists, the mogul jokes about stereotypes and the neurosurgeon mispronounces Hamas.
12/03/15 06:16 PM EST

Donald Trump (above) and Ben Carson (below) speak during the 2016 Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Candidates Forum in Washington on Thursday. | Getty
Donald Trump joked about Jewish stereotypes, declined to affirm his support for a united Jerusalem, and told his audience they wouldn’t back him because he did not want their money. Reading from a prepared text, Ben Carson repeatedly pronounced the name of the Palestinian group “Hamas” as if it were a delicious spread made with chickpeas.
The performance of these two outsider candidates left attendees at Thursday’s summit of the Republican Jewish Coalition amused, but not impressed. With the RJC, an influential group of donors and activists that prioritizes American policy toward Israel, the retired neurosurgeon and the businessman faced a more politically sophisticated crowd than either is used to, and one more concerned with the nuances of foreign policy.
From Politico
“I don’t think either one helped themselves particularly,” said Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary to George W. Bush, who attended the event.

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