Op-Ed: How the GOP Meets A Jewish Millennial Woman’s Standard

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By Lena Epstein
By Lena Epstein

I’m Jewish. I’m a woman. I’m a millennial. And I’m incredibly proud to be a Republican supporting conservative candidates in November.

For many of us around the country, the media culture has made coming out as a Republican supporter feel as nerve wrenching as introducing yourself at a support group meeting, like one has a problem instead of an opportunity.

Rather than focusing on what matters in this election — America’s economy, Israel’s security, borders and education — there has been too much focus on the Republican nominee for president’s ineloquent sound bites. Clearly, he’s not the most “politically correct” person in the room. Admittedly, when I have children one day, he would not be my first choice for my child’s temple Sunday school teacher.

But based on the two candidates in this election, Donald Trump is the best person for what matters most: our economy, border protection, the securing of Israel’s future, improvements in our education system, protecting our children and delivering our great nation a more promising collective future.

Most important, Mr. Trump is the best person for action.

That’s the key — action. That’s what people seem to forget. There’s plenty of talk about sound bites, but little about action.

Didn’t our parents all teach us that actions speak louder than words? I know mine did.

As co-owner of a business, I see my share of resumes. When I look at a resume, it’s not the applicant’s titles in previous positions that stand out to me. Rather, when hiring someone for a job, it is the substance of the accomplishments that were achieved while those titles were held that stand out.

If our country has learned one thing over the last eight years, it’s that a successful resume for president of the United States must go deeper than a list of titles. The former senator from Illinois and community organizer had little experience in the art of action. As they say, you get what you pay for.

Supporters of Mr. Trump’s opponent tout her former roles as if the titles alone represent action and qualify her for the job of president of the United States: first lady, senator and secretary of state. As a people, we should not stand for insulting the office of president by making titles alone the prerequisite.

During the first debate in New York, Mrs. Clinton alleged that Mr. Trump’s father gave him a $14 million loan. It was offered as a way to discount Mr. Trump’s success.

Although Mr. Trump objects to the validity of that amount, let’s assume for a moment that she’s correct. Mrs. Clinton attempts to use this loan as a negative and, in doing so, she only paints half the picture.

What Mrs. Clinton fails to point out is the fact that, even with a conservative estimate of Mr. Trump’s present net worth — let’s say $4.5 billion — he would be responsible for a 32,143 percent return on that initial investment.

That level of success comes from action. It comes from being infected with the success gene — from never stopping at any obstacle — from never quitting.

It comes from the type of action America needs to get our economy back on track — to get our roads paved, our schools fixed and our borders safe.

In the words of Mr. Trump’s own father, Fred C. Trump, “Some of my best deals were made by my son, Donald. Everything he touches seems to turn to gold.”

Without question, some of the words and messages coming out of Mr. Trump’s mouth are completely wrong and unacceptable — the Republican Party was founded on principles of equality, dignity and respect for all. But we only have two options in this election, and as cringe-worthy as Mr. Trump’s sound bites can be, they pale in comparison to the cringe-worthy future of a Clinton presidency.

In the last eight years, the Democratic Party has helped America lose sight of its gold standard. Donald Trump is the only candidate in this election that can bring it back.

Lena Epstein is the state co-chair for the Donald Trump presidential campaign in Michigan and a longtime Republican activist. She is the third-generation owner and general manager of Southfield-based Vesco Oil Corporation.

 

Craig Isakow
Craig Isakow 10.21.2016

Hi Lena, its been decades since our paths have crossed. Its really impressive that you have taken on an important leadership role for Michigan and the Republic Party.

I was surprised that in your analogy you would hold a Sunday school teacher to a higher standard of conduct than the leader of the free world. I've taken a different view and here are a couple links to letters I've signed onto. The most highlighted paragraph in a letter signed by over 4,000 Wharton/Penn Alumni is the following:

" We are dedicated to promoting inclusion not only because diversity and tolerance have been repeatedly proven to be valuable assets to any organization’s performance, but also because we believe in mutual respect and human dignity as deeply held values."

And from a second letter the following seems especially prognostic given Mr. Trump's most recent assertions:

"His reckless disregard for our legal and political institutions threatens to upend what attracts companies to start and scale in America. He risks distorting markets, reducing exports, and slowing job creation."

https://medium.com/@whartonopenletter/you-do-not-represent-us-an-open-letter-to-donald-trump-94cf73ce11d8#.cgifj6x7c

https://shift.newco.co/an-open-letter-from-technology-sector-leaders-on-donald-trumps-candidacy-for-president-5bf734c159e4#.ax4why7ft

John
John 10.21.2016

Congrats to you for taking a leading role in the party. While I may not agree with all of your views, it's good to keep an open mind and debate the merits of each candidate.

However, I must point our an error on your part. Your correlation between the "$14 mm loan" comment and his net worth is very misleading, and frankly wrong. The $14 mm loan was for one, and only one, deal, when he was "starting out" under his father's umbrella. If you're comparing his approximate net worth today, you should use his total inheritance as a basis, which is in the hundreds of millions of dollars. As many experts and pundits have pointed out, his "return" on what his father gave him amounted to much less than what the S&P 500 has returned in the same amount of time. So he's not an expert or even an average/good businessman, he's simply under-performing the general market and what any ETF has done, and has used his inheritance and celebrity status to "loan" out the Trump name (which his father Fred, not Donald, made into a premium brand) for annual licensing fees.

Jessica
Jessica 11.02.2016

You need to learn our people's history. A leader who is unequivocally racist, xenophobic, and hate-inciting hasn't worked well for us in the past.
Mark Suster says it well: https://bothsidesofthetable.com/and-then-they-came-for-me-ee970a6112c1#.ask31sf63