Jewish supporters of President Trump led a “four more years!” chant at Thursday’s White House Hanukkah reception, coloring the usually non-partisan event in clear political colors.
The chant began during a short speech by the President, in which he spoke about his decision to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Trump announced the decision to move the embassy exactly one year ago, on December 6th, 2017. During the Hanukkah event on Thursday, his fans showed their appreciation for that decision by turning the White House reception into a campaign event.
The President laughed and said in reply - “it’s six more years. Four is nice, I’ve never heard that before”. This chant, it should be noted, was used by thousands of people in some of his recent campaign events.
Unlike last year’s White House Hanukkah Party, which included almost no Democrats, the list of invitations to this year’s event included every Jewish member of Congress - a vast majority of whom are Democrats. It was not immediately clear on Thursday evening how many Democratic members of Congress actually attended the event, but at least a number of them were present.
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In general, the vast majority of American Jews did not vote for Trump in 2016, or for his Republican Party in last month’s midterm elections. Recent polls have shown a very low level of approval for Trump’s conduct as president among American Jews.