According to many Chassidic voters and political commentators, Donald Trump has sparked an undeniable interest in parts of this world, VICE News reports.
“Among my circle of friends, at least 90 percent [support] Trump,” said Yanky Lichtman, a Trump supporter who lives in Lakewood, New Jersey, one of the biggest Orthodox Jewish communities in the New York area.
Jacob Kornbluh, a New York-based Orthodox political reporter for the news site Jewish Insider, says that there is “no question support for Trump is widespread” within the Chassidic community. The majority of Chassidic voters he’s spoken to have said they plan on supporting Trump, although Kornbluh says that he has also found support for Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz within the community. But for the average Chassidic voter, says Kornbluh, “Trump is their guy.”
There have not been any polls of Hasidic voters ahead of the primary election, so much of the evidence of support for Trump within these communities so far has been anecdotal.
When asked about their support for Trump, many Chassidim use the same lines and talking points one hears from Trump supporters at his rallies around the country.
“I like the way how he says it,” said Lichtman. “He tells you straight what he thinks and that’s a big plus.”
Lichtman added that he, along with many of his friends who are also supporting Trump, are “fed up with the establishment on both sides. [We] gave them a chance and nothing worked.”
Read the full report at VICE NEWS.