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Explained Jexodus, the Far-right Group Calling for U.S. Jews to Be Released From Left-wing Bondage

After previously calling the Democratic Party 'anti-Jewish' and 'anti-Israel,' Donald Trump just tweeted a quote from Jexodus leader Elizabeth Pipko. The 23-year-old model says she wants to ‘help Jewish millennials leave the anti-Semitic left’

President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the glaring spotlight of his Twitter feed on Jexodus — a new right-wing Republican movement making a Passover-themed appeal to young Jews to abandon the Democratic Party as decisively as their ancestors left Egypt.

Calling the Democrats anti-Semitic, and noting that millennial Jews are “tired of living in bondage to leftist politics,” the group’s website says “we’d rather spend 40 years wandering in the desert than belong to a party that welcomes Jew-haters.

“We’re done standing with supposed Jewish leaders and allegedly supportive Democrats who rationalize, mainstream, and promote our enemies,” it states.

Jexodus formally made its debut at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week. Its genesis was hailed across right-wing websites and blogs.

All eyes were on its spokeswoman — a 23-year-old named Elizabeth Pipko, billed as an “international model, Trump 2016 campaign staffer, poet, patriot and fiercely proud millennial Jew.” She says she is leading the movement to “help Jewish millennials leave the anti-Semitic left.”

In his tweet, Trump quoted Pipko as saying “Jewish people are leaving the Democratic Party. We saw a lot of anti Israel policies start under the Obama Administration, and it got worsts [sic] & worse. There is anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party. They don’t care about Israel or the Jewish people.”

Trump’s Pipko quote followed her appearance on the “Fox and Friends” morning show Tuesday, where she declared: “We left Egypt, and now we’re leaving the Democratic Party.”

Trump’s tweet followed on from his comments last Friday that the Democratic Party has become “anti-Jewish” and “anti-Israel.” He also reportedly told the Republican National Committee that the party “hates Jewish people.”

On a Breitbart radio program last week, Pipko called Jexodus a “totally genuine, grassroots movement,” though its — and her — ties to the Trump 2020 re-election campaign are difficult to ignore. Furthermore, there is no evidence of any leadership or membership beyond Pipko herself on the official website or in press articles.

Screengrab of the Jexodus website homepage. Screengrab

According to the Jexodus website, Pipko “revealed her work as a full-time staffer on the 2016 Trump campaign in an article in the NY Post, something she had been keeping a secret.” In the Post article, Pipko wrote she had kept her “love” for Trump and her work for him at Trump Tower under wraps, fearing it would “kill her career” as a model.

The Manhattanite, whose biography says she grew up observant and attended the Rabbi Schneier Park East Day School, came out of the closet as a Republican Trump supporter after marrying Darren Centinello, a social media staffer on the 2020 race. The couple were married at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in December, after sending wedding guests invitations in the form of red hats that read “Make Marriage Great Again.”

The Jexodus website says 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.”

Screengrab from the Jexodus website, featuring Elizabeth Pipko. Screengrab

It adds that “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.”

According to the Daily Wire conservative website, Jexodus is the brainchild of Jewish Republican activist and lobbyist Jeff Ballabon. The Daily Wire noted that Ballabon 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.”

Pipko told the Daily Wire and other media outlets that the group will initially focus on the Jewish-heavy regions of New York and Florida, and is planning its first big rally events in April — deliberately timed for Passover.

Professional model blacklisted for supporting Trump

Reaction from the left came swiftly, expressing disdain for the idea that the group was little more than a Trump campaign ploy with little hope of success. 

Many ridiculed the idea of a 2016 Trump campaign staffer attempting to lead a movement aimed at Jewish Democrats. They compared it to similar GOP-funded attempts to woo African-Americans into the Republican camp with hashtags like #WalkAway and #Blexit.  

Others commented on the redundancy of the group’s name, given that the original Exodus kind of involved the Jews anyway.  

And some struck a more ominous note.  

Finally, Sophie Ellman-Golan, a spokeswoman for the Women’s March, warned that “'Jexodus' sounds a hell of a lot like 'Jexit,' which has been used in antisemitic vandalism” aimed at liberal Jews.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the glaring spotlight of his Twitter feed on Jexodus — a new right-wing Republican movement making a Passover-themed appeal to young Jews to abandon the Democratic Party as decisively as their ancestors left Egypt.

Calling the Democrats anti-Semitic, and noting that millennial Jews are “tired of living in bondage to leftist politics,” the group’s website says “we’d rather spend 40 years wandering in the desert than belong to a party that welcomes Jew-haters.

“We’re done standing with supposed Jewish leaders and allegedly supportive Democrats who rationalize, mainstream, and promote our enemies,” it states.

Jexodus formally made its debut at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week. Its genesis was hailed across right-wing websites and blogs.

All eyes were on its spokeswoman — a 23-year-old named Elizabeth Pipko, billed as an “international model, Trump 2016 campaign staffer, poet, patriot and fiercely proud millennial Jew.” She says she is leading the movement to “help Jewish millennials leave the anti-Semitic left.”

In his tweet, Trump quoted Pipko as saying “Jewish people are leaving the Democratic Party. We saw a lot of anti Israel policies start under the Obama Administration, and it got worsts [sic] & worse. There is anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party. They don’t care about Israel or the Jewish people.”

Trump’s Pipko quote followed her appearance on the “Fox and Friends” morning show Tuesday, where she declared: “We left Egypt, and now we’re leaving the Democratic Party.”

Trump’s tweet followed on from his comments last Friday that the Democratic Party has become “anti-Jewish” and “anti-Israel.” He also reportedly told the Republican National Committee that the party “hates Jewish people.”

On a Breitbart radio program last week, Pipko called Jexodus a “totally genuine, grassroots movement,” though its — and her — ties to the Trump 2020 re-election campaign are difficult to ignore. Furthermore, there is no evidence of any leadership or membership beyond Pipko herself on the official website or in press articles.

Screengrab of the Jexodus website homepage. Screengrab

According to the Jexodus website, Pipko “revealed her work as a full-time staffer on the 2016 Trump campaign in an article in the NY Post, something she had been keeping a secret.” In the Post article, Pipko wrote she had kept her “love” for Trump and her work for him at Trump Tower under wraps, fearing it would “kill her career” as a model.

The Manhattanite, whose biography says she grew up observant and attended the Rabbi Schneier Park East Day School, came out of the closet as a Republican Trump supporter after marrying Darren Centinello, a social media staffer on the 2020 race. The couple were married at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in December, after sending wedding guests invitations in the form of red hats that read “Make Marriage Great Again.”

The Jexodus website says 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.”

Screengrab from the Jexodus website, featuring Elizabeth Pipko. Screengrab

It adds that “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.”

According to the Daily Wire conservative website, Jexodus is the brainchild of Jewish Republican activist and lobbyist Jeff Ballabon. The Daily Wire noted that Ballabon 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.”

Pipko told the Daily Wire and other media outlets that the group will initially focus on the Jewish-heavy regions of New York and Florida, and is planning its first big rally events in April — deliberately timed for Passover.

Professional model blacklisted for supporting Trump

Reaction from the left came swiftly, expressing disdain for the idea that the group was little more than a Trump campaign ploy with little hope of success. 

Many ridiculed the idea of a 2016 Trump campaign staffer attempting to lead a movement aimed at Jewish Democrats. They compared it to similar GOP-funded attempts to woo African-Americans into the Republican camp with hashtags like #WalkAway and #Blexit.  

Others commented on the redundancy of the group’s name, given that the original Exodus kind of involved the Jews anyway.  

And some struck a more ominous note.  

Finally, Sophie Ellman-Golan, a spokeswoman for the Women’s March, warned that “'Jexodus' sounds a hell of a lot like 'Jexit,' which has been used in antisemitic vandalism” aimed at liberal Jews.

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