The two rival factions in Chasidic Williamsburg rarely agree on anything, but 2016 has brought us a very strange election season, so add this to the list: both Satmars have endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.
In a statement released Friday in Yiddish and translated into English for JP Updates, Rabbi David Niederman said that Clinton was sympathetic to the needs of the Haredi community as a senator and as secretary of state.
“Orthodox Jews benefitted tremendously from the Clintons’ sympathy to our interests, and we have to show our appreciation, by demonstrating that we recognized that and we are thankful for it, by coming out and vote for Secretary Clinton on Tuesday,” Niederman wrote.
The same day that Rabbi Niederman’s endorsement was published, Rabbi Moshe Indig also came out in favor of Clinton.
In an interview with JP Updates, Rabbi Indig highlighted Clinton’s trackrecord.
“She’s been in the system many years,” Indig said. “She has more experience.”
Indig also specified that he wasn’t voting for Clinton as a protest against Republican nominee Donald Trump, who some have painted as anti-Semitic.
“We’re not voting for personalities,” Indig said.
Instead, the Rabbi pointed out the benefits of Clinton’s policy agenda, particularly her support of raising the minimum wage.
Healthcare, the Rabbi explained, is also important for the Haredi. “There’s a baby-boom, and you can’t live without healthcare,” he said.
Read Rabbi Niederman’s statement in full below:
Dear our Jewish brethren,
The upcoming Tuesday will be held the national elections, when the United States will – Go-d willing – select who will lead the country for the coming four years. Although the vast majority of us reside in states where outcome is certain, it’s important that we should turn out a large number of votes for:
Secretary Hillary Clinton
Throughout the years that Secretary Clinton served as New York’s Senator, and then as Secretary of State, she was sympathetic to the needs of the Haredi Community. When we needed assistance with refugees – to assist Jews from Iran and Yemen to emigrate to the free world – and when we needed urgent assistance with immigration issues, she was very helpful.
The prior administration expanded the rights of religious Jews in prisons, as with zoning, housing and other issues, and was very understanding of our needs. Jewish prisoners, as well as Jews suffering from discrimination with housing and other areas, still benefits greatly from that law. Orthodox Jews benefited tremendously from the Clintons’ sympathy to our interests, and we have to show our appreciation, by demonstrating that we recognized that and we are thankful for it, by coming out and vote for Secretary Clinton on Tuesday.