President Trump has been taking a beating in the media after his comments that “the group of four” progressive freshman congresswomen should leave the country, but isn’t there a bigger lesson to be learned here? Immigration has been a great blessing for America. American Jews, for example, have raised up and inspired the country with their values of hard work, perseverance in the face of persecution, and appreciation for the country that shared its blessings with them.
As a Jewish history expert and author of “Trump and the Jews,” I believe that Omar, Tlaib, and company can learn a lot by studying the remarkable American Jewish immigrant experience in the twentieth century.
Q & A for Mayor David Rubin:
Was Trump’s statement correct, implying that the four Democrat congresswomen should go back to where they came from?
MAYOR RUBIN: It was factually incorrect because three out of the four were born in the United States, but given that they all come from immigrant families, the president is raising some poignant questions about different kinds of immigrants.
What was the president trying to say, or was it all about politics?
MAYOR RUBIN: In a presidential campaign, everything becomes political, but his message was that any person or family that comes to America should be humble and loyal and show appreciation for the goodness that they receive from living in a free country in which the sky is the limit.
Doesn’t President Trump believe that these women appreciate America?
MAYOR RUBIN: Apparently not. Based on their statements, it’s clear that they see the US as a country that is racist at its core. They also seem to have no respect for the Judeo-Christian heritage on which the country was founded.
What can be learned from the American Jewish experience that is relevant to this situation?
MAYOR RUBIN: American Jews arrived in the US mostly in the early part of the 20th century. They were poor, they were discriminated against, but their response was not to complain about America nor to organize days of rage. The Jewish response was to work hard, long hours in whatever jobs they could find and to exhort their children to do the same in school.
You wrote the book, “Trump and the Jews,” in which you answered many questions about Jewish-Americans and why they vote the way they do. Where can we get a copy?
MAYOR RUBIN: Go to Amazon.com and just type in the words, “Trump and the Jews”.
Bio: David Rubin, former Mayor of Shiloh Israel, is the author of the book, “Trump and the Jews”. Rubin is the founder and president of Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund, established after he and his then three-year-old son were wounded in a terror attack. He can be found at www.DavidRubinIsrael.com or at www.ShilohIsraelChildren.org
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