Many have wondered what Donald Trump, President of the United States, would look like. Would he address the country in State of the Union speeches that were more centered on his approval numbers than policy? Would he tweet out insults to pundits who criticized his presidency? Or would he put the bombast in the closet to inhabit the highest office in the land?
That question hasn’t been answered, but Trump’s speech to AIPAC proved he can read a teleprompter with the best of them. In his first pre-written speech of the campaign, Trump won an uproarious reaction from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference. Held in a basketball arena in Washington, AIPAC gave Trump the floor for nearly thirty minutes, just before the main event of Ted Cruz. And in those thirty minutes, Trump proved that he can be entirely “presidential” when he wants to be.
But even a policy-thick, pro-Israel, measured speech was not enough. An AIPAC spokeswoman apologized on Wednesday for Trump’s (well-received) slam on the president. In the speech, Trump mentioned casually that Obama’s term was finally coming to an end, punctuating that fact with, “Yay.” The line received a standing ovation from the audience, which appears to have embarrassed the AIPAC leadership.
“While we may have policy differences, we deeply respect the office of the President of the United States and our President Barack Obama,” said AIPAC chief Lillian Pinkus, seemingly on the verge of tears. “There are people in our AIPAC family who were deeply hurt last night and for that we are deeply sorry. We are deeply disappointed that so many people applauded a sentiment that we neither agree with nor condone.”
Really? For a mild celebration of the fact that Obama is headed for the history books in January? How can anyone sympathetic to Israel possibly think that’s a bad thing? Oh right, because most American Jews are about as far left as you can get, Israel be damned.
That’s something that the news media tends to forget when these events come around. Republicans are pandering, of course, but they aren’t pandering to Jews; they’re pandering to Christians. If it were up to the American Jewish community, we would have joined the UN in censuring Israel a long time ago. It’s only through the strength of Christian support and our strategic alliance that Israel remains a priority. If these idiots want to pretend like Obama is a friend to Israel, have at it. But no one is fooled.