President Trump, who has called the Democratic Party “anti-Jewish” and “anti-Israel,” has now tweeted a quote from Elizabeth Pipko. Pipko, a 23-year-old model and Jexodus leader, says she wants to “help Jewish millennials leave the anti-Semitic left” according to Haaretz. Jexodus is a new right-wing Republican movement which is appealing to young Jewish people to abandon the Democratic party.
The group’s website calls the Democrats anti-Semitic and says “we’d rather spend 40 years wandering in the desert than belong to a party that welcomes Jew-haters.” It continues, “We’re done standing with supposed Jewish leaders and allegedly supportive Democrats who rationalize, mainstream, and promote our enemies.”
Jexodus debuted at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference, with spokesperson Elizabeth Pipko. She was billed as an “international model, Trump 2016 campaign staffer, poet, patriot and fiercely proud millennial Jew.” She is leading the movement to “help Jewish millennials leave the anti-Semitic left.”
Trump’s tweeted a quote from Pipko: “Jewish people are leaving the Democratic Party. We saw a lot of anti Israel policies start under the Obama Administration, and it got worsts & worse. There is anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party. They don’t care about Israel or the Jewish people.” Elizabeth Pipko, Jexodus.
Trump also reportedly told the Republican National Committee that the Democratic party “hates Jewish people.”
Pipko called Jexodus a “totally genuine, grassroots movement,” but she also recently revealed her work as a staffer on the 2016 Trump campaign, which she had been keeping a secret for fear that it would “kill her career” as a model.
Pipko hails from Manhattan and gre up as an observant Jew, attending the Rabbi Schneier Park East Day School. She revealed her support for Trump when she married Darren Centinello, a social media staffer for Trump’s 2020 campaign. They were married at the Trump Mar-a-Lago resort in December, sending invitations to the wedding that were red hats reading “Make Marriage Great Again.”
The Jexodus website claims that the movement rejects “the hypocrisy, anti-Americanism, and anti-Semitism of the rising far-left. Progressives, Democrats, and far too many old-school Jewish organizations take our support for granted.”
The website continues, “as combatants and veterans of the campus wars, we know the threat progressivism poses to Jews. We’ve had front row seats witnessing anti-Semites hide behind the thin veil of anti-Zionism. We know the BDS movement harbors deep hatred not only for Israel, but for Jews. We’re done standing with supposed Jewish leaders and allegedly supportive Democrats who rationalize, mainstream, and promote our enemies.”
Jexodus is reportedly the idea of Jewish Republican activist and lobbyist Jeff Ballabon. The Daily Wire says that he is known for “his work on the Republican Party’s Israel-specific platform language drafted at the party’s 2016 national convention; Ballabon is widely credited with helping lead the charge on changes made to the party’s 2016 platform that expressly removed any references to or mandates for a ‘two-state solution’ with the Palestinian Arabs, and overtly stated that Israel is not an ‘occupier’ with respect to its lawful presence in Judea and Samaria.”
The left quickly criticized the group, claiming it was a Trump campaign ploy.