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Jexodus

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Jexodus, also known as TheExodusMovement.com, is an American right-wing political campaign aimed at encouraging Jews to leave the Democratic Party. It was launched in early March 2019 at the 2019 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).[1][2]

The Jexodus website says it rejects “the hypocrisy, anti-Americanism, and anti-Semitism of the rising far-left. Progressives, Democrats, and far too many old-school Jewish organizations take our support for granted.”[3]

The organization was started by Jeff Ballabon, an advisor to Donald Trump and a Republican Party lobbyist.[1][4] Elizabeth Pipko, a Trump supporter,[3] is the group's spokesperson.[1][5] Jexodus has been criticized as "likely a clumsy astroturf effort rather than an actual grassroots movement", in part because the Jexodus website was registered November 5, 2018 – before the congressional election and before those representatives accused of anti-Semitism had even been elected.[6][7][8] On March 12, 2019, Trump tweeted his support of the movement.[9] Jexodus has been described as “far right” by Haaretz[3] and as "fringe" by Yahoo! News.[5]

While Pipko acknowledges that "overwhelmingly, the Jewish people have supported Democrats over the years," she believes that the Republican Party can make inroads.[1][2] In the 2018 midterm election 79% of Jewish voters supported Democratic candidates.[10]

Jexodus.org became TheExodusMovement.com on March 21, 2019.[1]

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References

  1. ^ a b c d e Stolberg, Sheryl Gay (22 March 2019). "From a Swimsuit Model to the Trump Megaphone: The Genesis of 'Jexodus'". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b Eli Rosenberg (March 15, 2019). "Trump and the GOP are trying to make 'Jexodus' happen, but most Jews still vote Democratic". Washington Post.
  3. ^ a b c Sommer, Allison Kaplan (March 12, 2019). "Explained: Jexodus, the Far-right Group Calling for U.S. Jews to Be Released From Left-wing Bondage" – via Haaretz.
  4. ^ Kampeas, Ron. "Trump touts 'Jexodus' group urging Jews to bolt Democratic Party". www.timesofisrael.com.
  5. ^ a b "Trump promotes model's fringe 'Jexodus' campaign encouraging Jews to leave Democratic Party". Yahoo!.
  6. ^ Talia Lavin (March 14, 2019), "Why the GOP Isn't Getting the Jewish Vote Anytime Soon", GQ.com, Condé Nast, retrieved March 24, 2019, it’s an operation entirely engineered by conservative flacks, doing its best to masquerade as an authentic grassroots movement.
  7. ^ Jack Holmes (March 12, 2019), Trump's Patrick Moore Tweet Is Fox News Regurgitation at Its Most Dangerous, Esquire, retrieved 24 March 2019
  8. ^ Joshua Davidovich (12 March 2019), Right of passage: 8 things to know for March 12, The Times of Israel, retrieved 24 March 2019
  9. ^ "Trump Endorses 'Jexodus' Movement, Claiming Democrats 'Don't Care About Israel or Jewish People". Haaretz. March 12, 2019. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  10. ^ Abrams, Abigail (2019-03-15). "Jewish Voters Still Back Democrats, Despite Trump's Claims About 'Jexodus'". Time. Retrieved 2019-03-23.

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