Red, Blue, and Frum: The Orthodox Community and the US Political Divide

Written by DeDe Jacobs-Komisar on . Posted in Capital Commentary

While the post-election report from the Pew Research Center says that 70% of American Jews voted for Hillary Clinton, it’s hard to find definitive numbers on how Orthodox people voted in the 2016 presidential election. The number 56-39 was floating around the internet–– attributed to both Trump and Clinton victories. We may never have hard data, so let’s just ask outright what we’ve been debating at Shabbos tables for what seems like forever:

Will Trump be “good for the Jews”? What does this even mean? Many assume he’ll be “better for Israel,” but is there a paradox when it comes to a President who supports the current Israeli government but has as his closest advisor Steve Bannon, founder of a site he called the “platform for the alt-right” and himself on record making anti-Semitic statements?