Trump’s Jewish “Roots” Can’t Be Smeared Away By Detractors, Like Him Or Not. Why Does This Even Matter? Commentary By Adina Kutnicki

FULL DISCLOSURE: This commentary is not an endorsement for, or against, any candidate. And even though this investigative journalist is American-Israeli (a dual citizen) and votes in both countries, suffice to state that naming a candidate of choice is neither here nor there. Besides, some decisions should remain private. Even so, readers are free to speculate as to where a preference lies.

MOVING right along, most recognize that political arenas are cesspools (and this is coming from someone who majored in both political science and criminal justice and understands the terrain very well, never mind the VERY close connections with top-level political scientists), and dangerous ones at that. But sitting atop the general fare of brass knuckle tactics (akin to a more “polite” version of the “give and take” within Mafia hierarchies, dead bodies and all) lies the tactic of smear campaigns, truth be damned. Makes no diff. The idea is that once a seed is planted, well, most won’t even bother to find out if there is even a grain of substance to sustain it. Basically, if a lie is repeated often enough, voilà, it becomes the de facto truth. Not on this end.

ALAS, this is precisely why this commentary is being written, and for no other reason.

NOW, aside from all the comments swirling around via the captured media – with social media in the forefront – as to Trump’s alleged derogatory remarks re Jews and Israel, well, the advice within is: Take it with less than a pinch of salt. Yes, we know that he has loose lips and shoots from the hip, and can often make bombastic and hard to swallow comments. Cringe-worthy. Agreed. But when it comes to so-called “tachlis”, intrinsically, Trump is solidly pro-American, pro-Israel and LOVES the Jewish people. Simple as that.

AND before we go any further, “Ivankala” (his eldest daughter) is known to be his “little princess”, and this is no secret. Not only is she his highly accomplished and beautiful “front-woman” in the campaign, just as clearly, she wouldn’t have made a major life decision which would have alienated her beloved father, unlike many other grown offspring. And this is where the truth really lies, at least in his feelings towards Jews.

IN this regard, many already know that his daughter converted to Judaism and married into an Orthodox Jewish family. We will get to that.

NEVERTHELESS, when single, she was considered one of the most sought after lovelies in New York’s high society scene, and for good reason. Let’s just agree on that too. So out of all her equally eligible suitors within non-Jewish circles, she chose to marry a Jewish Orthodox young man, albeit, certainly not a ne’er-do-well. Hmm. 

Even among the early expansive field of Republican presidential candidates, Donald Trump has always been the most closely connected to the Jewish people.

Naturally, this won’t make a bit of difference to leftist/liberal Jews, about 70% of the Jewish population in America, many of whom are not supporters of Israel either.


Trump is from New York, works in professions saturated with Jews and long has been a vocal supporter of Israel. His daughter and two grandchildren are Jewish, the executive vice president of his organization is Jewish — and Trump certainly has chutzpah.

Given his myriad Jewish associations, Trump is a familiar face in Jewish circles. He has served as a grand marshal at New York’s annual Salute to Israel Parade. After Hurricane Katrina, he was among a group of celebrities who decorated Jewish federation tzedakah boxes to be auctioned off to support hurricane disaster relief. And in February, he was honored with an award at the annual gala for the Algemeiner, a Jewish news organization.

Before the 2013 Israeli election, Trump recorded a video message endorsing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. What’s more, Trump has made clear he believes President Barack Obama is bad for Israel and has questioned how American Jews could support the president.

Trump’s closest Jewish association is with his daughter Ivanka’s family. Ivanka Trump, a fashion designer and celebrity in her own right, converted to Judaism before marrying Jared Kushner, the son of New York Jewish real estate developer Charles Kushner. She studied for her Orthodox conversion with Rabbi Haskel Lookstein of Manhattan’s Kehilath Jeshurun synagogue and the Ramaz School, and Lookstein officiated at her wedding. Trump and Kushner are members of Lookstein’s Orthodox synagogue and are Shabbat observant. They have two children with a third on the way.

AS an aside, to lend even more context and texture, Jared Kushner, her husband, father of her children, and Trump’s son-in-law, is an alumnus of the same Jewish prep high school as this investigative journalist’s son – Kushner, not surprisingly, had a privileged upbringing, attending the Frisch School, a private Yeshiva day school in Paramus. While he was applying to colleges, his dad reportedly pledged $2.5 million to Harvard University, where Kushner eventually enrolled and graduated with honors. Yes, their paths crossed, even though Jared is clearly his senior age-wise.  

MORE pointedly, no way, no how – and only in an alternative universe – would his precious “Ivankala” have married a Jew AND converted without her father’s blessing! Now, can anyone imagine “The Donald” keeping quiet about the courtship to begin with if it didn’t meet his approval, or, for that matter, about anything else of that magnitude? Nonsense.

TO wit, is there any other expression of his warm feelings towards Jews which matches that of the pride he shows in his fully JEWISH daughter and his JEWISH grandchildren?

DIDN’T think so….all the political and media garbage beside the point.

 (An adoring daughter and equally doting father….and that’s a wrap!)




5 thoughts on “Trump’s Jewish “Roots” Can’t Be Smeared Away By Detractors, Like Him Or Not. Why Does This Even Matter? Commentary By Adina Kutnicki

  1. there is no question that Trump has had close connections with the Jewish community. But his attacks on other minorities and insensitivities to human rights are attracting many to his campaign who do not feel that way — David Duke et al. Trump is all about “power” and using it for his purpose. That may be fine in the short term but once you set in a motion a movement that legitimaizes the demonization of Muslems and Hispanics and mocks the disabled you have to be concerned. Remember the famous poem from the Holocaust:
    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

    So even though i agree with all you said about Trump, I still fear his election will legitimize the demonization of whole groups. And whenever that happens Jews don’t fare well.

    • it is uneducated people like you spewing your own version of racism and hate that threaten this nation and it’s people , no you do not know of what you speak but even fools are allowed there precious first ammendent rights and by opening your mouth it leaves no doubt of your shortcomings and bias .

    • Attacks on other minorities? What attacks? What he is attacking is the ill, if not evil, behavior of people, regardless of their race, color or creed, who pose a direct threat to the safety and security of society as a whole, such as those who turn pressure cookers into bombs or fly planes into buildings, causing hundreds and even thousands of horrific deaths, who just happen to be Islamic, or ex-cons who cross borders in droves and then proceed to rape, maim, murder and rob blind, who just happen to be Hispanic, or even politicians for all walks of life who become filthy rich by catering to the wants of special interest groups.

      We, in particular in America, have enough problems of our own, such as lack of adequate health care, Black on Black crime, inner city poverty and homelessness among our own citizens that are not being adequately addressed, in part because we expend absolute billions of dollars seeing to the needs of those who come here and who strain our financial resources even so that we haven’t the means to provide for our own!

      You speak of human rights and yet I’d bet my eye teeth that you support abortion, don’t you? What of the right of the unborn or the near born, here, who are slaughtered by the hundreds of thousands? What about the thousands, more than a few of whom I deal with on a daily basis, who are hungry and cold and homeless and ill and dying in the streets, to include families with children, American born, right here, and no one pays them any mind, and in some places it’s illegal to give a homeless beggar a so much as a dime!

      Furthermore, having worked with the disabled, for a number of years, as well as having a disabled child of my own, it was quite clear to me that it wasn’t the disability or the disabled Trump was attacking, rather the sheer stupidity of the disabled man! I absolutely guarantee that there are thousands if not tens of thousands of disabled people, to include our disabled vets, who understand this and support Trump wholeheartedly!

      As a Jew, a Conservative Jew, who votes every election, and always Conservative, neither me nor mine have any fear of Trump! Not for ourselves nor for those we love and the land that we love, in Israel. What we fear is the more liberal minded such as yourself who would so wickedly, senselessly and heartlessly disparage our youth in near every major university throughout this land, and no one, no politician addresses that!

      Enough is enough already!
      Wise up! It’s people like you who are helping to throw our nation into the trash can!

    • He never endorsed Trump. If you know anything about Duke, you would understand why it is beyond laughable that it was reported that he endorsed Trump. Or that someone with his convictions would be attracted to Trump.

      You mention speaking out?

      Then they came for Donald Trump and I did not speak out—
      Because I was not a Trump supporter..

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