Despite the revelation of vulgar comments made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2005, in which he discusses sexual advances on women, a small team of volunteers for the Trump campaign in Israel turned out on Saturday night in Jerusalem to encourage American citizens to vote for him.
At the campaign event, a small handful of activists erected a stand in the city center outside of Mike’s Place, a bar that is popular with Americans and other Anglo-Israelis, to hand out Trump T-shirts and baseball caps, and convince US citizens to vote for the Republican candidate.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, there were no women among the volunteers, although several women passing by expressed their opposition to Trump and the campaign stand itself.
A steady stream of passersby approached the stand to talk with the volunteers, many of whom objected to the Republican candidate and especially his attitudes to women.
There were however several people who took advantage of the campaign’s offer to register them to vote in the upcoming US election, mostly religious and haredi men.
When asked if Trump could be a moral leader, Eliezer Roseman, one of the Trump campaign volunteers, said, “I definitely feel he can,” and argued that the moral standing of the businessman’s children are a testament to Trump’s own moral credentials.
“Someone who wants to instill those values in his children wants to instill those values in his country,” said Roseman, dismissing Trump’s comments about groping women as “locker room talk.”
He also pointed to the marital infidelity of former US president Bill Clinton, as well as the rape allegations that were made against him in the past, as question marks hanging over his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Sherri Estes, a visitor from California, said she would still vote for Trump, but said that such a stance was a measure “of how much I dislike Clinton.”
However, she acknowledged that the comments made by Trump in the video were “something to be concerned about,” but when given the choice between Clinton and Trump, she said that “he [Trump] will stand up for our country a bit better, and I don’t subscribe to a lot of her politics, and as sad as it is, I would still rather vote for someone who says ridiculous things who sometimes should keep his mouth shut.”
Estes also said that she felt Trump would be more supportive of Israel than Clinton.
Starr Freeman, also from California and traveling with Estes, said she was a registered Republican, but that she would be voting for Clinton.
“I think Trump is a little outrageous, and I’m concerned what could happen under his leadership, [such as] knee-jerk reactions, [and] that he could end up starting wars and creating chaos and [not] thinking [things] through, because he’s very quick to react, which is why he’s been bankrupt so many times. He makes decisions without thinking them through,” said Freeman.
“And so my concern would be it would be something more major and he would make one of those knee-jerk reactions, and then we would have a bigger problem.”
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