GOP hammers vulnerable Dems amid growing anti-Israel protests: ‘Stop caving to the woke mobs’

With the 2024 elections just 185 days away, the GOP isn’t about to let the blatantly antisemitic, pro-Palestinian protests on America’s university campuses go to waste.

A series of newly released ads from the Senate GOP’s campaign arm, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), urges voters to “stop caving” to the demands of woke progressives.

“The spots target four Democrats — senators Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Jon Tester of Montana — as well as Rep. Elissa Slotkin, the likely Democratic Senate nominee in Michigan,” Fox News Digital reports. “All five are being heavily targeted by the NRSC as the GOP aims to regain the Senate majority in November’s elections.”

President Biden and Democratic lawmakers “want you to pay off their student loans using your tax dollars to fund this mayhem,” the narrator tells voters.

“Death to America. Threatening Jews. Attacking Police. Antisemitic mobs are taking over our universities. Students radicalized by the far left acting like terrorists,” the narrator states.

Voters need to tell Democrats to “stop caving to the woke mobs and put America first.”

Given the left’s progressive policies, the sometimes violent, blatantly antisemitic “riots” have left the Democrats open to such attack ads, NRSC communications director Mike Berg said, according to Fox News Digital.

“This is the most toxic issue for Democrats since they tried to defund the police,” he stated. “You can bet it will be in television ads if Democrats on college campuses continue these antisemitic riots.”

House Republicans launched a similar ad this week.

“Extreme House Democrats cower to the whims of dangerous Antisemites in their party as pro-Hamas campus protests rage,” the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) stated on Thursday.

“Tell House Democrats it is time to stand up for Israel,” the narrator tells voters. “It is time to stand up for what is right.”

The ad targets 37 swing district Democrats.

So far, the ad buys by the NRSC and NRCC have been small, but both indicated more will likely follow.

The protests are “problematic for Democrats on several fronts,” according to Republican consultant Brian Walsh who “served for years as a top communications strategist for both House and Senate Republicans,” Fox News Digital notes.

“First, they need the youth vote to turn out for them in November, and it’s clear they’re very unhappy with President Biden, which will have a negative down-ballot effect,” he said. “Second, it’s motivating conservatives because it reminds them of the woke ideology that’s become a hallmark of this administration”

“And it’s coming at the same time the president is telling working-class Americans they need to pay for the student loans of these same college students,” Walsh added.

“You should expect Republican candidates around the country to pose a very simple question to their Democratic opponents: Do they stand with the protesters who’ve sided with Hamas or do they stand for law and order and in support of one of America’s closest allies, Israel?” he predicted. “It’s a problem for many Democrats because they’re caught between their liberal base and where most Americans are who are disgusted by the scenes at Columbia, UCLA and elsewhere.”

Democratic strategist Maria Cardona is attempting to split the divisive baby.

“Democrats need to continue to underscore two foundational things. The first one is that we are a nation of laws, and one of those critical laws and rights is that we allow for and people have a right to peacefully protest,” she told Fox News. “Underscore peaceful.”

“President Biden and Democrats need to continue to listen to the Palestinians and those speaking for the innocent lives that are being lost in Gaza and for the need to continue and expand humanitarian aid, and that is something that President Biden and Democrats are listening to and working very hard to obtain a cease-fire,” she said. “The other side is to always strongly disavow and condemn hate speech, violent rhetoric, antisemitism and that harassment of Jewish students will not and should not be tolerated.”

And because “but Trump!” is always the Democrats’ fallback position, Cardona suggested that anything Biden does or doesn’t do is better than what the former president has vowed to do.

“[T]hose two things are a huge contrast to Donald Trump, who said he would deal harshly with the protesters, even those who are doing it peacefully, wanting to call in the National Guard and clear everyone out,” she said. “(He) has said before he would bash heads. That is not the way that we do things in this country.”

Melissa Fine

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