Letter to the Editor: Andrew Lewis
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Letter to the Editor: Andrew Lewis

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Letter to the editor,

Former President Donald Trump was in a radio interview during the first week of November and said, “it’s incredible that I didn’t get the kind of a vote from Jewish people that you would think I would get. Jewish people in this country, many of them, do not like Israel.”

With all due respect to President Trump, his comments insinuating American Jews are to be criticized for a lack of support of his 2020 re-election campaign or for Israel is not only wrong, but it also continues his dangerous pattern of demonization and scapegoating.

American Jews are not a monolithic voting bloc.

Jewish Americans, like Black Americans, Asian Americans, Muslim Americans, Latino Americans and all Americans, have a wide range of thoughts on policies and run the spectrum on political ideology. Any suggestion that American Jews should have been more aligned with President Trump as a result of his domestic and international policies or support of Israel, fails the needed self-reflection to understand why a majority of Jews voted for President Biden.

Time and time again, President Trump has and continues to use his voice as a tool to divide. The “Big Lie” is not only a tool being used right now to divide, but it also serves as a wrecking ball to the values, institutions and norms our country has so proudly protected for nearly 300 years.

Republican leadership needs to encourage President Trump to do more self-reflection to better understand why certain segments of the population, like most Jewish Americans, did not see him as their candidate of choice last year.

My expectation is that an overwhelming majority of Republicans across the nation will continue a practice of indifference, saying and doing nothing to hold the former President accountable for his actions. President Trump will then continue his archaic political scorched Earth tactics that require kowtowing to his will or facing a relentless, divisive and dangerous demonization.

“What hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystander.” – Elie Wiesel

Andrew Lewis, Decatur, GA

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