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I’m A Republican Who Spent My Saturday Getting Out The Vote For Hillary Clinton. This is Why.

#GOPWithHer got out the vote in Philadelphia. Pictured are Ariel, Liran and Kodiak.

#GOPWithHer got out the vote in Philadelphia. Pictured are Ariel, Liran and Kodiak.

Yesterday, my wife and I (not pictured above) participated in something I never thought I would do. I was one of numerous Republicans getting out the vote for Hillary Clinton. It’s hard to describe just how unlikely a moment this was for me, but I’ve covered that on this blog before.

And yet, I did it with no qualms. Quite the opposite, it was with a sense of pride, honor and duty that I felt I was participating in the effort to prevent a madman with dictatorial tendencies from becoming the President of the United States. In many ways, it was a gratifying, cathartic experience to put country over political affiliation. However, it was also a frightening experience, because it illustrated just what will happen if we lose this election and allow Donald Trump to dictate our daily lives.

You see, while most of the day passed without incident, the entire tone of the day was trampled upon when we had the misfortune of being accosted by some absolutely livid Trump supporters who did everything in their power to intimidate us into staying out of their neighborhood. Be forewarned, extremely foul language follows.

As we worked our way down the street, we were spotted by several men (at one point there were about five, while at others there were two) who began to scream at us from afar while waving their Trump/Pence signs:

“TRUMP! TRUMP! This is a Trump neighborhood here! Stay out of here!”

Fine so far, while mildly disturbing/threatening, we had no issue with people expressing themselves. We still have freedom of speech in this country. Also, there were a few pro-Hillary and Black Lives Matter signs on houses near them (they were the only Trump supporters we could see) so it was clear they were not representing the neighborhood.

“TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP!”

However, as we got closer and crossed over to their side of the street, they became even more belligerent. As we approached a house two doors down from them, they continued:

“Nobody’s here that wants to see you people! This is a Trump neighborhood!”

Now we had to walk past them – actually through them since they would not move aside for us – and they really kicked it up a notch:

“What’s Hillary Clinton ever done for this country? No, tell me. I want to know!”

To which we responded that we had no desire to engage with them. Our goal was just to knock on doors of potential Hillary supporters, not get into a fight with Trump supporters. Engaging them would only waste time we would otherwise be canvassing – which is exactly what they wanted.

Well, that only set them off into a rage meltdown:

“Fucking white liberal snob bitch! Fucking liberal white snobs come around here every four years for Obama. I hate white liberal snobs!”

At this point we were past them, but still only a few doors down, trying to talk to an elderly man who told us he was too old to vote before closing the door. My suspicion is that being within earshot of these people, who by now were in a full on frenzy, goosestepping up and down the block and throwing glass bottles, all while screaming profanities at the top of their lungs, this man was frankly afraid to tell us what he would be doing.

Now they were screaming how they would be in jail for what Hillary has done, that a Trump reckoning was coming and that:

“Fucking college students coming through here every four years are ruining this country!”

As we moved further down the block we could still hear them screaming over and over.

Now it’s important to note that these guys did not explicitly threaten violence against us. However, the neighborhood we were in was decidedly mixed, with probably about 65% minorities to 35% whites. Others in the neighborhood told us that it was already a “war zone” due to gang violence and drugs. Even as we spoke to another person on his doorstep on another block, another Trump supporter walked by yelling “Trump! Trump! Trump!” at us.

Don't boo. Vote. And get out the vote.

Don’t boo. Vote. And get out the vote.

Here’s the scary part.

What happens on election night? Regardless of who wins, do you think these pro-Trump goons are going to keep quiet? This is what Trump has unleashed on America. The death of civility is the true horror of this election. If they were so willing to try and keep us out of their neighborhoods, what makes you think they won’t try and keep their elderly neighbors from participating in the vote? It was like seeing the online Trump Trolls who have ruined Reddit, Twitter and nearly every comment section on the internet – but in REAL LIFE.

Here’s the even scarier part – and this is literally what keeps me up at night.

What happens with people like this if Trump wins? What happens with people who are WORSE than this if Trump wins? It was clear, from their behavior, that these people believed that for the first time in their lives, that they had the power. That it was THEIR time. This wasn’t about patriotism. This wasn’t about American exceptionalism. This was about REVENGE. This wasn’t REALLY about Clinton. It was about taking power for themselves. It was about fighting back against the minorities “ruining” their neighborhood. It was about fighting back against college students “ruining” the country. It was about fighting back against every “bitch” they were unable to dominate in the past. Hillary Clinton just embodies their failures for them.

There were no conservative values here. There were no values to speak of at all, just a lust for power. A testosterone-fueled rage-fest against everyone who isn’t like them – championed by their avatar, Donald Trump, who continues to empower their hope of being at the top of the food chain. These people had no desire to live with their neighbors. They wanted to DOMINATE them.

Can you imagine what four years of Donald Trump as president, fueling this behavior, will do to neighborhoods like this? THAT is what’s frightening. THAT is why I created this website and THAT is why, no matter what anyone says to me, I will not be deterred. WE will not be deterred.

There is no more doubt. No more depression about our lack of options. No more stages of grief.

Donald Trump CANNOT empower men like this to spread their own self-destruction all across the United States.

Hillary Clinton MUST be our next President.

#GOPWithHer

If We Want Our Party Back Trump Has to Lose in a Landslide

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If he loses by a small margin, he or some other clone just like him will be back in four years saying bad things about Muslims and Mexicans because they’ll see that sort of thing works.

That’s the quote from the latest news site covering our group. Here’s some more from the New Jersey Jewish News, which interviewed us after Trump Troll anti-Semites bombarded us with hate and death threats:

“It only took one week for me to get my first death threat,” said the East Brunswick resident regarding the onslaught of anti-Semitic messages he has received from hate groups after launching GO(P) With Her, urging other Republicans to support Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.

“We were just trying to get the word out and gain support on Twitter and Facebook and literally we were hit overnight,” he said. “It was surprising how quickly it happened.”

“There’s no place in the public discourse for this,” he told NJJN. “I think we’re at a very scary moment in the U.S. If we get to a place in this country where I can’t voice a political opinion on Facebook or Twitter without being inundated with anti-Semitic threats, I might as well pack up my home and family and move to Israel — because we have lost.”

Trump landslide loss

Actually, we’re hoping he doesn’t even carry Arizona.

While GOPWithHer is not specifically a “Jewish” group (we are non-religious), the fact that anyone would have to endure this kind of hate is so beyond the pale, that it only reinforces our resolve to the concept that it’s worth sacrificing this election cycle to crush Trump and his legion of doom entirely.

We’re also featured in an article in the Times of Israel about the anti-Semitism issue:

All of the sudden, these vile anti-Semites are excited. They’ve been activated. They’re ALIVE politically for the first time in their miserable, hateful existence. And what do these people do when they feel empowered? They attack. They attack people they see as getting in between them and their crusader. Ask people like Ben Shapiro what it’s like. Or Julia Ioffe. Or dozens of others. All for the crime of criticizing Trump – and for being Jewish.

That’s how insane and virulent this movement is. Even with no basis for the assumption, they will create Jewish straw men conspiracies at every opportunity. And for some reason, they all seem to support and be activated by Trump.

It seems that breaking down the walls of civil discourse has some negative effects for us Jews, as well.

So you see, it’s irrelevant if Trump actually in his heart, hates Jews, Muslims, Latinos and others. The argument is null because regardless of what he FEELS, his words are being used as inspiration for a resurgent, mainstream anti-Semitism, the likes of which we have not seen in decades.

All of this is to say that Trump needs not only to lose, but to lose in such a hugely catastrophic way that it cures the Republican Party of this hybrid cancer-insanity disease that has seized it and nearly 40% of the country. This is why we cannot simply be against Trump…we must also be FOR his main opponent.

Well that didn’t take long: Trump Trolls hurl anti-Semitic tropes, parentheses and death threats at us

Trump Trolls

 

Think all the coverage about the anti-Semitic streak running through some Trump supporters is overblown? We kind of did. We even poked fun at the idea…

Until they found us.

While we’re really still adjusting to the idea that we may actually have to vote for arch-nemesis Hillary Clinton over rabid mango head Donald Trump, we decided to start getting into the Twittersphere with some good-natured #NeverTrump tweets.

Within 48 hours, they already had us in their sights.

 

Foreign shills

 

What’s really strange about this, is that unlike journalists targeted by these trolls, there is nothing specifically “Jewish” about us. There was no “Jewish sounding” last name. Nothing on the web site mentioned anything about being Jewish. And while some of our members are Jews, we are, like most political organizations, not beholden to any religion at all.

And yet…

 

Old as Torah

 

What followed was at first an amusing exchange with a group of people so openly anti-Semitic that it was almost a relief to go back and forth with people so transparent about their hatred. There were no insinuations here.

 

Tweet on shabbat

 

Nothing left to the imagination.

We must be Jews, because we were against Trump and (by default) in favor of Hillary Clinton. Never mind our obvious disgust with the prospect of voting for someone who all of us have vowed to oppose (some of us have actively worked against her!) which should be painfully obvious to anyone who has spent more than ten seconds on this website. Never mind the fact that we continue expressing our disbelief at the people we must now find ourselves aligned with. Never mind that many of us are lifelong conservatives who have worked for or volunteered on campaigns to elect Republicans (including during this election season).

None of that mattered. To the Trump Trolls, if we are against Trump, we must be Jews. And in their minds, being Jews means we are anti-American, internationalist, dual-loyalty, Protocols of the Elders of Zion following, Fifth column, Jewish banker, Rothschild disciple saboteurs.

This must be true for us, as it must be true for journalists like Ben Shapiro, a truly devoted conservative who says he would never vote for Hillary Clinton and has dedicated his entire life to the cause of advancing conservative values. Even though Shapiro isn’t even going full Hillary like we are, the mere fact that he disagrees with the head troll, is enough for them to declare him an enemy of the state.

Oh and apparently they decided that the name of the person manning our Twitter account that day was Isaac…

 

Isaac hanged in due time

 

…and that “Isaac” deserved to be murdered because he would rather vote for a flawed, vomit-inducing, but still comparatively qualified politician over a boorish, grifter clown with an army of anti-Semitic trolls.

I’m not sure what’s worse. The fact that that these people are anti-Semites, or that they assume that anyone who opposes their candidate MUST be a Jew.

In any case, if you had any doubt about the dark underbelly of Trump support, take it from us…they’re out there.

Chalk it up as yet another reason why we’d rather be aligned with idiots like Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden than foaming at the mouth Jew haters who declare a death sentence on someone they’ve never met based purely on their support of a candidate they don’t like.

Did I just say I’m on the same side as Joe Biden? Excuse me while I go kill a few thousand more brain cells with some single malt. Only four and half more months of this crap!

Editor’s note: We decided to block out the handles and avatars within the tweets we saved for two reasons.

1. They were all anonymous anyway
2. These trolls feed on attention and we didn’t want them to earn even one follow or mention from this

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