My colleague just wrote this fascinating story about Russian Jewish Immigrants in Brooklyn and their surprising love for Donald Trump. Go and check it out.
“I think that enough immigrants entered this country,” said Rosa Berezovskaya, 86, who emigrated from Kiev in 2003. “We really need a new stream that will bring America back to what it was.” In Russian-speaking Jewish communities in South Brooklyn, the Trump fans at the senior center are not alone. That sets them apart from the American Jewish community at large, where Trump has struggled to find traction. Yet Trump’s promise to halt Muslim immigration to the United States, along with his strongman persona, has struck a chord among New York City’s Russian-speaking Jews.”
“I want millennials to see other millennial that are passionate about Hillary Clinton,” said Elizabeth Lucy, 22, a volunteer and one of the two organizers of the evening.
“It’s just so important to me when I meet another young Hillary supporter, so I wanted to get us all together to see one another and say, ‘We are here and we are with her,'” she said.
More then 120 people turned the Union Hall in Park Slope, Brooklyn, into a full-blown Hillary party. For many it was the first time they had met other Hillary supporters their age, and they excitedly took the chance to discuss politics without being put into the Bernie-corner.
“Stop saying I should like Bernie Sanders, I don’t,” expressed Carley Gooley, 26, who works in marketing and was here with her girlfriend.
With the New York primary around the corner, the event attracted several media outlets (including a Dutch tv crew) even though a promised surprise guest – who would have been New Jersey Senator Cory Booker – didn’t make it.
But that didn’t stop the enthusiasm of the young Hillary fans, who took selfies with the golden “H” balloons and schmoozed over nachos and their common dislike for Donald Trump.
And it wasn’t all socializing – at the end of the evening, a Hilary for America staffer had a staple of volunteer-sign up-sheets to bring back.
After very (very) long discussions and speculations, it will actually happen: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will spare off in a Brooklyn debate.
When: April 14, 9:00-11:00 pm
Where: Duggal Greenhouse on the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Who is hosting: CNN and NY1
Who knows, maybe they will even settle the question who the real New Yorker is? Sanders who was born in Brooklyn or Clinton who serves as the state’s senator and has her campaign headquarters in the borough?
I recently commented on how I never see Hillary supporters out on the street, but things have changed.
With the New York primary less than three weeks away, a stream of volunteers for “Hillary for America” took to the streets this weekend.
Like these Clinton supporters who spent Sunday afternoon outside the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn.
“Are you registered to vote, where you will be voting?”
“Are you interested in getting the vote out for Hillary?”
“April 19. Remember to vote for Hillary. Let’s make history.”
At the beginning of the shift, a campaign staffer briefed the volunteers on how to talk to people. “I don’t want you to feel that it’s too scripted,” he told them. And remember: “You are doing a civil duty by telling people where to vote. You are not soliciting.”
After that the volunteers were on their own. Brazing the freezing cold, they handed out flyers, reminded people to vote for Hillary on April 19, and signed up interested passersby for future volunteer shifts.
“It’s been great so far,” said Elizabeth Lucy, 22, a first-time volunteer. “It’s so brilliant to be outside of the Food Coop, where you know everybody is a democrat in there,” she added laughing.
Another first time volunteer was Gina Borden, 24. “It’s fun. This is a little out of my comfort zone, reaching out to people in this way, but it’s for something that I really believe, so it’s absolutely worth it,” said the dancer.
The majority of volunteers who came out this Sunday were in their twenties. And they were quick to point out that not all young people are automatically Bernie supporters.
“I am standing here, and my friends are standing here, so it’s clearly not true,” said Edward Delman. The 25-year-old journalist wore a red “The Future is Female”-shirt unter his thick jacket.
After an hour in front of the Park Slope Food Coop, the volunteers went to their next location – the farmer’s market.
Let’s assume that we will see a lot more of them in the next weeks.