It would be an understatement to say that Donald Trump is unpopular with Jewish American voters. During the 2016 election, he lost the Jewish vote to Hillary Clinton by a margin of 47 points. That fact, however, has not prevented him from continuing to court this part of the electorate.
The courtship process has been rocky. Last week, Trump faced criticism for telling an Israeli-American group they were not good people, but they still had to vote for him. Looking past that controversy, Jewish Conservative radio host Mark Levin on Wednesday referred to Trump as the First Jewish President.
Levin made the comments during a Hanukkah Party at the White House. The host announced, “It’s an honor to be here with the first Jewish President of the United States. And if he isn’t, he should be.”
The Fox News contributor then spoke on behalf of Jewish Americans. “I want to thank you for everything that you have done for the Jewish people,” Levin said. “I want to thank you for everything you’ve done for the Jewish people’s ancestral homeland. You are going to be remembered there for 1,000 years.”
Trump was clearly pleased by Levin’s comments. He responded by pointing to the fact that his son-in-law Jared Kushner is Jewish and his daughter Ivanka has converted to the faith. “I’m truly grateful to have the Jewish faith woven so deeply into my family,” he said.