Now that Donald Trump has effectively clinched the Republican presidential nomination, establishment figures in the party are grappling with the fact that a reality television star and former Democrat is their standard-bearer.
Republican Jewish leadership is dealing with the same issue and reacted on Thursday with congratulations to the New York businessman for his success.
But in a statement released after Trump’s rivals dropped out of the race on Wednesday, the Republican Jewish Coalition uncharacteristically withheld praise for the likely candidate or his qualifications.
“The Republican Jewish Coalition congratulates Donald Trump on being the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican Party,” the group said. But the statement proceeded not to argue for Trump’s attributes, but against those of Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee.
“Secretary Clinton has proven time again through her record and her policies that her candidacy will compromise our national security, weaken our economy and further strain our relationship with our greatest ally, Israel,” the statement read.