Then again, the Labour Party was the longtime home of British Jews, who share a set of practically identical values with American Jews. Then, in 2015, came along Labour’s new leader Jeremy Corbyn, he of the Holocaust denial conference, a friend of Hamas and an avowed anti-Zionist. It took four short years for Jewish support for Labour to collapse, for protesters to take to London’s streets to denounce anti-Semitism, with one carrying a sign that said, “Corbyn made me a Tory.” Could an American version of Corbyn essentially do the same?
Boris Epshteyn thinks so. “The growing anti-Semitism within the Democratic Party is real, and it is scary,” says Epshteyn, who is Jewish, worked on the Trump campaign, served in the Trump White House and is now the chief political commentator for the Sinclair Broadcast Group. Epshteyn says that the bonds forged in the civil rights era between the Jewish community and the Democratic Party are less relevant to younger Jews than to their Baby Boomer parents.
He predicts that the departure of Jews from the Democratic Party “is going to take time,” but that it will come, especially as Trump continues to be what Epshteyn calls “an unequivocal friend” to Israel, and while Democrats allow their own friendship with Israel to fray. Epshteyn adds that the loss will be not only of Jewish voters, but also of Jewish donors. “What kind of successful Jewish businessman,” he wonders, “would give money to the party of Ilhan Omar?”