Trump Speaks to Republican Jewish Coalition

Donald Trump spoke at the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington, DC. He started by saying that his daughter is Jewish (she is married to a Jew and converted). He then talked about how his campaign is self funded but he hasn't spent a lot of money on ads and is still in "first place by a lot" in all polls.

Trump made some questionable comments to this audience. An MSNBC article summarizes them well: "at times [Trump] flirted with stereotypes about Jews as wealthy deal-makers":

  • "I'm a negotiator, like you folks. Is there anybody that doesn't renegotiate deals in this room?. . . . This room negotiates them perhaps more than any other room I've ever spoken in."
  • "You're not going to support me because I don't want your money because, stupidly, you want to give money."

Trump focused much of his speech on Hillary Clinton, how she's unqualified to be president and why she shouldn't be allowed to run.

He was characteristically confident: "I'm gonna win." "My life has been about winning." He also said that now he's dealing in trillions for the first time; he is used to dealing in billions. Trump promised to repeal "Obamacare" and criticized Jeb Bush's low energy.

Discussion Starters: 

  • Do you find Trump's comments offensive? Why or why not? 
  • What else do you find notable in Trump's speech and in the Q&A? 
  • How, if at all, does this speech affect your vote?