Where does Jexodus come from?
Jexodus is a blend of Jewish and exodus, or “departure.” The term is problematic, as the Exodus is a key story in Jewish culture and religion about the ancient Israelites deliverance from slavery in Egypt; the word implies that American Jews are enslaved to the Democratic party.
As a jew, it feels kind of tacky that the president who hits all the white nationalist talking points is now trying to convince us to support him. Also yes the term jexodus is super offensive https://t.co/dEhp4EXBTL
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) March 16, 2019
The New York Times has credited the idea of Jexodus to Jeff Ballabon, an adviser to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, in a 2016 email over his disillusionment with anti-Israel sentiment on the left. Ballabon announced Jexodus at the February–March 2019 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Shortly after CPAC on March 5, 2019, model Elizabeth Pipko was a guest on the conservative satellite talk radio show Breitbart News Tonight. Her appearance was in part motivated by a controversy surrounding Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who was accused of anti-Semitism in comments on US policy toward Israel.
On the show, Pipko explained she was a spokesperson for a new movement called Jexodus, which she said was a grassroots effort started by millennials upset with the political left’s supposed anti-Semitism and lack of support for Israel—whose support is a major position of the Republican party, though Jewish Americans themselves generally form a liberal, Democratic group in US politics, according to the Pew Research Center.
During the interview, Pipko quoted text from Jexodus.org, a website registered in November 2018.
On March 12, 2019, Pipko then appeared on the Fox News show Fox and Friends to further explain Jexodus. The term (and idea) got a massive signal boost after President Donald Trump twice tweeted about Jexodus after the Fox segment.
“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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2019
The ‘Jexodus’ movement encourages Jewish people to leave the Democrat Party. Total disrespect! Republicans are waiting with open arms. Remember Jerusalem (U.S. Embassy) and the horrible Iran Nuclear Deal! @OANN @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019
Jexodus soon after gained some support among right-leaning groups and websites, as well as disdain and ridicule in left-leaning groups politics.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) March 17, 2019
Jexodus really is behind the times for Torah readings, we're up to Jeviticus now.
— Mordechai Lightstone (@Mottel) March 13, 2019
On March 21, Jexodus was renamed to the Exodus Movement, apparently due to negative reactions to the name. (Not only did some people find it offensive, but also redundant, as the Exodus is already intimately associated with Judaism, making the blend with Jewish unnecessary.) Its website is nearly identical to the old one and still credits Elizabeth Pipko as the founder.
President Trump is the most pro-Jewish president of all time!
— Jexodus (@JexodusORG) March 22, 2019
Examples of Jexodus
Who uses Jexodus?
The group that once called itself Jexodus has since renamed themselves the Exodus Movement and no longer uses Jexodus in its media. However, some people in right-wing politics may use Jexodus to refer to a desired movement of Jews to the Republican Party.
— Jeremy Frankel (@FrankelJeremy) April 4, 2019
A tiger in the corner always fights the hardest.
The Leftist establishment is collapsing before our eyes—they know that they are under siege.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) March 28, 2019
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