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Trump promotes Jexodus bid to split Jews from Democrats

A fringe Jexodus movement seeking to weaken US Jews support for the Democratic party got a boost Friday from President Donald Trump, who said Republicans are waiting with open arms. The Jewish vote has long leaned solidly left but Trump puts major emphasis on his support for Israel s right-wing prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and allies cast him as the most pro-Israeli US leader in history. Trump s latest gambit is to promote a tiny, newly-created group called Jexodus, which wants to lure Jewish voters to the Republicans. In a tweet supporting the bid to encourage Jewish people to leave the Democrat Party, Trump touted his controversial decisions to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem and to withdraw from a carefully crafted deal over Iran s nuclear ambitions. In an earlier tweet this week, Trump quoted the spokeswoman for Jexodus, Elizabeth Pipko, who said that Democrats don t care about Israel or the Jewish people. Trump s decision to


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