A rabbi who stumped for Donald Trump on Facebook has rescinded his backing, saying the Republican presidential candidate’s campaign managers told him they “don’t care about the Jewish vote.”
Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg started a Facebook page in December called “Rabbi for Trump” in support of the GOP hopeful, but wrote on the social media site on Wednesday that the page would be closing.
The group’s page garnered just over 1,000 “likes” as of publication, though how many of the users are actual supporters, as opposed to interested bystanders, is anyone’s guess.
“It seems to me that representatives of his campaign don’t care about the Jewish vote,” Rosenberg, a Yeshiva University-educated rabbi who is rabbi emeritus of an Edison, New Jersey, Conservative congregation, wrote. He said he was “told by a representative that the Jewish vote is not important.”
“They think they can win without it. I have pleaded for Trump’s platform on Israel and for him to come out with complete support for the State of Israel. This has not happened and I doubt it will.”
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Rosenberg wrote that he started the group with the aim of getting enough followers “to be able to meet with him and convince him of the importance of Israel.”
“If the Cruz or Rubio people want my support I will be happy to give it to them,” he said. “I do not dislike Trump and wish him well, but I can not fight for him if I do not believe he fully supports Israel and the Jewish people.”
Rosenberg’s posts consisted mostly of praise for Trump, fiery complaints about negative media coverage of the candidate, promotions of Rosenberg’s book and a proud mention that Rosenberg’s congregation hosted the controversial, anti-Muslim blogger-activist Pamela Geller.
Rosenberg told the New Jersey Jewish News in December that he started the group because Trump is “the leader among all the Republicans at this point.”
The rabbi, who is the child of two Holocaust survivors and says he was born in a displaced person’s camp in Germany, shares Trump’s opposition to allowing Syrian refugees into the country.
“My concern is that these Syrian refugees are not being vetted by the FBI,” he told the New Jersey Jewish News.
Rosenberg, who notes frequently (and all in capital letters) on the Rabbi for Trump page, “The Nazis and Hitler murdered most of my family,” told the New Jersey paper he objected to a letter signed by 1,000 rabbis several weeks ago comparing Syrian refugees to Jewish refugees from the Nazis.
“There’s no comparison between this and the Holocaust, where Jews had nowhere to go to. Certainly in this case Europe can take them in and certainly the Arab countries can take them in. I just don’t want something to happen where my children or somebody else’s children live. I think it’s a disservice for Holocaust survivors to make the comparison,” he said.
“The truth is my parents had to go through all sorts of checks and be sponsored … They had to have jobs. I know more about being a refugee than many of these rabbis.”