Despite groping revelations, Israeli-American Trump supporter says all five of his daughters will vote Trump

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While some top Republicans have turned against Donald Trump after the hot-mic video in which he boasted of sexually assaulting women came out last week, over in Israel his team of supporters has not wavered.

Marc Zell, head of the group Republicans Overseas, told Army Radio after the video was released but prior to the new allegations, he and his family were ready to vote Trump into office.

“I have five daughters and they will all, all, vote for Trump,” Zell said, reported by the JTA. 

Although critical of Trump’s 2005 comments on camera to Inside Edition’s Billy Bush of groping and kissing women, Zell said he accepted Trump’s October 10th apology, made one day before the second presidential debate.

Asked if Trump should resign, Zell said no. “He did what he did. His comments are disgusting and absolutely unacceptable, we are against it,” Zell said, adding, “he said he’s not perfect, he apologized.”

Zell was not always an ardent Trump backer, even before the scandal hit the campaign. In April after Trump cinched the GOP nomination, Zell told Haaretz he opposed Trump. “Why would I want to celebrate the nomination of someone who isn’t qualified to be president?” he said.

Tzvika Brot, Trump’s campaign manager in Israel, also defended Trump to Army Radio. Brot said that it “was good he regretted [his comments], but he isn’t running for chief rabbi. There are only perfect leaders in Hollywood.”

The video was followed this week by allegations from four women that Trump assaulted them, but a Facebook page Zell maintains for the group he heads, Republicans Overseas Israel has also posted messages of forgiveness for Trump’s misdeeds and blasted leaders in the GOP who no longer back Trump. 

“Trump’s decade-old comments were rude, lewd and crude,” the group said. “Nothing can condone them. However, he was quick to acknowledge he made them; that he is imperfect; and that he apologizes for having made the remarks. As far as we are concerned, that’s the end of the matter. People say things in private that they would never say in public. He was wrong.” 

In another post, Republican Overseas Israel wrote, “We also have a message for those few Republican leaders who in knee-jerk fashion moved to distance themselves from or disavow Trump-Pence in the wake of the 2005 video publication.”

In an obvious reference to Senator John McCain, who retracted his endorsement of Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announcing he would no longer campaign for Trump, Zell exclaimed, “In Israel and I believe in the U.S., history and basic common sense has taught that when your team is under attack, you RALLY AROUND THE FLAG, YOU DON’T BURN IT AND RUN!” 

Israel is home to a potential 300,000 Americans residing abroad who are eligible to vote in November, according to Brot, in an interview with the Washington Examiner last month. He asserted that many are Florida residents, and speculated that 80 percent of Floridians lean toward Republican candidates. While no data exists on the number of Americans residing in Israel who are registered in Florida, the Trump camp in Israel has promoted voter registration in the key swing-state in their outreach.

A study commissioned by the Clinton team earlier this year found in Florida, among Orthodox Jews, a clear majority said they would vote Trump. That lead could falter as even Yehuda Glick, a lightning-rod Israeli politician who has led a campaign to allow Jews to pray inside of the holy shrine complex in Jerusalem, has abandoned Trump. Parliamentarian Glick wrote on Twitter, “OK, I was wrong. When at every corner you see that the man is a savage, I tried to ignore and believe despite it all. I was wrong! Mr Trump go home. Enough is enough. Yuck!”

Whether or not he Trump has turned-off the bulk of voters in Israel, Florida registrants, Orthodox or otherwise, his surrogates on the ground continue to rally. Yet there are noticeably fewer  women involved.

At a campaign event last Sunday night in Jerusalem outside of a popular American-style bar a day after the video apology, the Jerusalem Post reported, “there were no women among the volunteers, although several women passing by expressed their opposition to Trump.”

As for Trump’s chief Israel advisers, Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman, New York area lawyers specializing in real estate and bankruptcy respectively before their campaign hires, they have remained quiet. Neither appeared in interviews over the last week and their social media accounts have no mention of the Trump scandal or their candidate’s response to the allegations.

Prior to working on the Trump campaign, Greenblatt was the chief legal officer for the Trump Organization and Friedman worked on Trump’s chapter nine proceedings.

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  1. Kay24
    October 14, 2016, 1:12 pm

    Being outraged about someone’s despicable actions is a very selective thing, when it comes to choosing sides. Not many American leaders are outraged about an occupation that has lasted over 60 years, and the daily theft of lands when it comes to the Israelis. Obviously this man and his daughters have no decent standards in choosing a President. Anyone that belongs in the gutter is fine, even if it is bad for the country. They are not the only ones.

  2. RoHa
    October 15, 2016, 10:50 pm

    They are clearly trying to throw as much dirt at Trump as possible, so I have doubts about all these stories of him being a serial groper.

    But even if the stories are true, I can’t convince myself that groping women is as bad as blowing them to pieces, and Trump seems less likely to do that than Hilary.

    • Keith
      October 16, 2016, 4:23 pm

      test

    • Keith
      October 17, 2016, 9:51 am

      ROHA- “But even if the stories are true, I can’t convince myself that groping women is as bad as blowing them to pieces, and Trump seems less likely to do that than Hilary.”

      Indeed, the upcoming Hillary Clinton Presidency will pose an unprecedented existential threat to human survival. It will be a neocon dominated administration which will also include “liberal” “humanitarian” interventionists. Pity poor Syria. Also, I suspect that Israel may yet again invade Lebanon to destroy Hezbollah. I think that neocon Michael Ledeen speaks for Hillary when he says “If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don’t try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war… our children will sing great songs about us years from now.” (Michael Ledeen)

  3. Marnie
    October 16, 2016, 10:28 am

    I can’t even fathom a trump presidency. Will he reverse Roe v Wade? The equal rights amendment? The voting rights of African Americans and all women? Will rape on the workplace and everywhere else become commonplace? This nightmare can’t be made a reality. It’s very easy to see why trump is popular here – he’s a lying, racist sexual predator, like so many zionists. I’ve never been so disgusted by an american in my life. And I’m saddened, tremendously saddened, that the only decent candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, has been upstaged by the tongue twisting idiot savant Gary Johnson. I can’t stand HRC or DJT. It’s the end of the world as we knew it and I feel fine….

    Thanks to all who worked to finally get the ability to comment back!

    • blaquehart
      October 16, 2016, 4:39 pm

      Jill Stein has already came out and said Hillary will be more dangerous. Trump is not going to roll back the clock on civil rights. Not that I know him, but nothing about him is socially conservative. Just look at the video with him and Giuliani in drag. funny stuff. He supports the supreme court decision concerning gay marriage and he is absolutely NOT against abortion. His interviews with Howard Stern confirms that for me and Howard himself said he knows that Trump really doesn’t believe in that, but evangelicals do not give a lot of room for that one because he was already being accused of being a false republican. Even Ron Paul got shit for being pro-choice. Trump got a lot of heat for supporting the trans restroom issue.

      You have to look beyond his rhetoric and pandering and come to your own conclusion about what he stands for. To be honest , he is a huge gamble, but I know well what to expect from Hillary especially with all these leaks. Foreign policy has become my deciding factor. He has been consistent on his willingness to work with Russia, while Hillary seems intent on escalating the situation and she also wants to put boots on the ground in Syria.

      I’ve also had enough of George Soros and I cannot stomach the thought of having him at the helm for atleast another 4 years. She spells doom for this country. I’ll take Trump grabbing a crotch anyday over the nuclear holocaust Hillary will bring about. Cheney and kissinger supporting her is another problem. Trump’s rhetoric can never outweigh Hillary’s destructive actions. But if people want to vote for Hillary, not out of enthusiasm, but out of dislike of Trump’s unsurprisingly lewd comments, then this country deserves to be washed away.

      • RoHa
        October 16, 2016, 7:01 pm

        “then this country deserves to be washed away.”

        You don’t say which country you mean by “this country”, but, whichever one it is, it won’t be the only one washed away by Hillary’s wars.

      • Marnie
        October 17, 2016, 2:22 am

        Whatever. I said I can’t stand HRC or him. His lewd comments are just part and parcel of the whole misogynistic package. I don’t give a fuck what anyone says to defend this sexual predator and rapist, who sets off all sorts of bells and whistles with regard to inappropriate interactions with his own daughter Ivanka, who he’d date if she wasn’t his daughter, who he gave permission to Howard Stern to refer to her as a ‘piece of ass’ and who took some really creepy pictures with. To hell with him. The degradation of women is still A-OK in the world and people like trump continue to legitimize it. trump is the great white hope for cross burnin’, miscegenatin’ hatin’ inbred ignoramuses who for centuries have blamed all their misfortunes – poverty and performance issues (real or imagined) wrt women, they blame not their own incompetence or ineptitude, nor the fact that the rich men on top, who’ve skimmed off all the cream and left them with 1%, who do not want this poor white trash as a neighbor, a member of their church or country club, that is their real enemy and always has been. No, they blame every non-white man, woman and child for their sorry state, and trump is fueling this eternal flame of hatred with his own. He’s now suggesting drug tests before the next farcical ‘debates’ and on this I actually agree – all of his supporters should be tested immediately.

        Pussy grabbing aside, with trump’s hair-trigger temper and absolutely no governance over his mouth or his tiny little hands, I’m more worried about a 3 a.m. end of the world scenario with him at the helm because of a perceived offense or he gets a presidential itch to decimate a country or culture just because he thinks that’s one of the perks of his job, the only thing he’d gladly do.

        Another thing to consider – trump explained the vice-president’s job is to actually do what the president is supposed to be doing! So Pence would be the real power behind the curtain? trump’s master plan is to outsource all presidential responsibilities to the jerk in the side-car. Jesus.

        Donald Trump Planning To Just Let Mike Pence Run The Country …
        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/donald-trump-mike-pence_us_578f

        Donald Trump Reportedly Plans to Delegate All Domestic and Foreign …
        http://www.motherjones.com/…/donald-trump-mike-pence-running-mate-dom

        I don’t believe he wants the job as much as he wants to see if he can win an election. God help us all.

      • quercus
        October 17, 2016, 8:07 am

        Enthusiastically agree with your comment. All I can say about Trump’s lewdness is “ho hum”. As to allegations by those women, I don’t believe a word of it. All one has to do is give it some thought to realize they are untrue. I heard Jill Stein on C-span and whether she intended it or not, she made an excellent argument for voting for Donald Trump, particularly for those people who dislike Clinton and her foreign policy but are reluctant to vote third party out of fear she would be elected.

      • RoHa
        October 17, 2016, 8:19 pm

        Trump’s hair trigger temper? Scott Adams begins this analysis of Trump by asking when you last saw him punch anyone on the nose.

        http://blog.dilbert.com/post/151288850856/presidential-temperament

        I will ask when you last knew of him killing someone. I can’t even remember an accusation, though perhaps you can. (He’s a big businessman. Surely he’s had someone whacked.)

        Trump just might start a war or two. But Hillary (who is surrounded by not just the corpses of people who inconvenienced her, but also by the corpses of her war victims) will almost certainly start more wars.

        Perhaps Trump is this mysoginist, racist, rapist, who will plunge America even deeper into red-neckery.

        I don’t care.

        The world needs a rest from America’s wars, and if Trump is what it takes, then so be it.

      • Marnie
        October 17, 2016, 11:56 pm

        RoHa “Perhaps Trump is this mysoginist, racist, rapist, who will plunge America even deeper into red-neckery.

        I don’t care.”

        The world needs a rest from ‘America’s wars’? Don’t you mean america’s proxy wars? Talk to netanyahooooooooo.

        Thanks for sharing.

      • RoHa
        October 18, 2016, 8:35 pm

        I’m pretty sure Netanyahu played no part in sending American forces into Vietnam, and I can’t see his influence in America’s current posturing towards China.

      • Marnie
        October 18, 2016, 11:58 pm

        Agree with you on that RoHa, let’s just stick to the 21st century wrt proxy wars that are still in process. As far as China (or is it Jhina), too soon to tell.

  4. JLewisDickerson
    October 16, 2016, 3:09 pm

    RE: “In Israel and I believe in the U.S., history and basic common sense has taught that when your team is under attack, you RALLY AROUND THE FLAG, YOU DON’T BURN IT AND RUN!” ~ Zell

    C. VANN WOODWARD (1938):

    . . . The submissive loyalty that the leaders of the New Departure commanded in Georgia conformed to a pattern found in all Southern states after home rule was restored. “The ‘Solid South,’ ” wrote Henry Watterson in 1879, “is a reaction against proscription, attended by misgovernment, and a protest against the ever-recurring menace of Federal interference.” 25 Thus the new discipline was feudal rather than democratic. It was based upon fear—fear of the Negro menace, the scalawag menace, the Federal menace, menaces real and imaginary. As the price of protection, it demanded unquestioning allegiance. White men could not divide on lines of class interest, nor could differences over measures and candidates be expressed at the ballot box. Such matters were settled by the small clique that ran the machine. Democratic forms were observed, but their observance was entirely perfunctory. Party platforms contained nothing but such platitudes as all white men could agree upon. Incompetency and weakness in candidates had to be overlooked for the sake of white solidarity. Suspected graft in public office could not be exposed for fear of Negro domination. Ballot-box stuffing had to be tolerated when white supremacy was threatened. Such was the moral intimidation of this feudal discipline that it was widely felt that to scratch a ticket was “treason to the white race,” and to make open declaration of independence was “an effort to africanize the state.” . . . ~ from page 57 of “Tom Watson: Agrarian Rebel”, by C. Vann Woodward – https://archive.org/details/AgrarianRebel1938BiographyOfTomWatson

    • gamal
      October 16, 2016, 3:45 pm

      thanks for that really interesting

      “. . The submissive loyalty that the leaders of the New Departure commanded in Georgia conformed to a pattern found in all Southern states”

      its an American tradition given fulsome expression today

      the thing you JLD bolded and

      “Such matters were settled by the small clique that ran the machine”

      yeah “no body wants to plant the corn, but everybody wants to raid the barn”

      https://youtu.be/k-hCpJ2e30k

      • JLewisDickerson
        October 16, 2016, 9:05 pm

        I SHOULD HAVE PUT THIS IN BOLD: “Incompetency and weakness in candidates had to be overlooked for the sake of white solidarity.”

      • gamal
        October 16, 2016, 9:35 pm

        “the sake of white solidarity.”

        I hear you brother, i have aiways been good at white, you might not get this you dusky rascal but

        cathy told eleanor and you know eileen og

        https://youtu.be/wVGvq-Wtyg8

    • Stogumber
      October 17, 2016, 2:21 pm

      C.V. Woodward seems to say, with so many words, that Southern Whites behaved reasonably. Standing together against outward menaces, dropping for the time being interior feuds, has always been seen as reasonable behaviour.

    • JLewisDickerson
      October 18, 2016, 2:18 am

      RE: Such was the moral intimidation of this feudal discipline that it was widely felt that to scratch a ticket was “treason to the white race” . . . ~ C. Vann Woodward (from the excerpt above)

      MY COMMENT: I would expect that to ‘scratch a ticket’ would mean to vote a ticket (i.e., straight-ticket/straight-party voting), but from the context of Woodward’s use, it appears to refer to scratching through a name on a party’s ticket.

      ● . . . “Crossover vote” is defined as “scratch vote.” Scratch vote is not a term I have heard used in 25 years as an election administrator. Beware of local terminology that may not be in general use. . . – https://www.nist.gov/sites/default/files/documents/itl/vote/Steinbach-CommentsDraftVVSG.pdf

      Ticket (election)
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      A ticket refers to a single election choice which fills more than one political office or seat. For example, in the U.S., the candidates for President and Vice President run on the same “ticket”, because they are elected together on a single ballot question rather than separately.
      A ticket can also refer to a political party. In this case, the candidates for a given party are said to be running on the party’s ticket. “Straight party voting” (most common in some U.S. states) is voting for the entire party ticket, including every office for which the party has a candidate running. . . – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ticket_(election)

      Straight-ticket voting
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Straight-ticket voting or straight-party voting is the practice of voting for every candidate that a political party has on a general election ballot. . .
      . . . In the early days of the parties, it was nearly impossible not to vote on a straight-party line vote. Voters would receive a colored ballot with that party’s nominees on it. A split-ticket vote would require two different colored ballots, which confused the voter. Often, the voter would choose a specific party, and vote for everyone from that party. . . – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straight-ticket_voting

      None of the above
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      “None Of The Above,” or NOTA for short, also known as “against all” or a “scratch” vote, is a ballot option in some jurisdictions or organizations, designed to allow the voter to indicate disapproval of all of the candidates in a voting system. . . – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/None_of_the_above

      Ballot
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]
      . . . In ancient Greece, citizens used pieces of broken pottery to scratch in the name of the candidate in the procedures of ostracism. . . – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballot

      Ostracism
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Ostracism (Greek: ὀστρακισμός, ostrakismos) was a procedure under the Athenian democracy in which any citizen could be expelled from the city-state of Athens for ten years. . .
      . . . The name is derived from the ostraka (singular ostrakon, ὄστρακον), referring to the pottery shards that were used as voting tokens. Broken pottery, abundant and virtually free, served as a kind of scrap paper (in contrast to papyrus, which was imported from Egypt as a high-quality writing surface, and was thus too costly to be disposable). . . – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostracism

      “Scratch the Rooster” – . . . In West Virginia, where we have straight ticket voting, you’ll have many old-school politicians encourage people to “Scratch the Rooster”. It all dates back to 1840 and is detailed here.” – http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/11/2/916124/-

      • Marnie
        October 18, 2016, 2:38 am

        None of the above!

  5. yonah fredman
    October 17, 2016, 10:53 am

    A little balance might be gained by updating the news to include polls of wider sectors than that represented here as an example: ‘look at the closed minded israelis’. the statistics cited here are not accompanied by any charts that would make it easier to dissect the various sectors of the israeli public, but still these statistics should be included in any discussion that is not focused on the sensational. http://en.idi.org.il/about-idi/news-and-updates/israelis-think-clinton-will-put-pressure-on-them,-support-her-nonetheless/

    • Mooser
      October 17, 2016, 2:28 pm

      Please use caution with “Yonah’s” links. Every virus and malware detector on my rig started clanging.

    • Annie Robbins
      October 17, 2016, 3:03 pm

      A little balance might be gained by updating the news to include polls of wider sectors than that represented here as an example: ‘look at the closed minded israelis’.

      yonah, i removed your original double quotemarks — please refrain from using them unless you’re quoting someone, especially when you’re completely fabricating the supposed intent of the author (falsely i might add). thanks.

      also, not sure if you noticed this article is about trump supporters in israel who are eligible to vote in our upcoming prez election. therefore, presenting a “wider sector” for balance is unnecessary and off topic.

      the statistics cited here are not accompanied by any charts

      it helps if you open the accompanying embeds. the only “statistics” mentioned are either from the director of Trump campaign in Israel (not presented as a statistic btw, but as a “speculation”) and one from team hillary, accompanied by an embed and several graphs.

      dissect the various sectors of the israeli public

      again, the article is not about various sectors of the israeli public, it’s solely about trump supporters eligible to vote in our prez election.

      • yonah fredman
        October 18, 2016, 2:43 am

        annie robbins- you’ll “excuse me” for not parsing every phrase of my previous paragraph and starting afresh:
        war of ideas, supposedly, but in fact one purpose of mw is to alienate people from israel and focusing on those who support trump, meaning the americans who have made aliya, well that’s the best step to show young progressive jews that they are not really “kin” to israel. and it certainly is true that the percentage of orthodox israel supporters with american citizenship who support trump is much higher than the percentage of trump supporters among more secular jews.
        but in fact, if one googles israel democracy institute israel thinks clinton, you will find the article in question. and whereas jewish israelis i have read supported romney over obama by 57 to 22, their support for clinton over trump is 43 to 27 and this is a significant statistic, even though it is not covered here, because it serves no mw purpose to cover it here.

      • Mooser
        October 18, 2016, 1:31 pm

        I would take oil-and-vinegar with that, “Yonah”, but I’m pretty sure I saw some slugs on the lettuce.

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