The second presidential debate further validated Jill Goldenberg’s reasoning to vote for Hillary Clinton on November 8. “Hillary showed that she has the experience, the temperament, and the ideas to lead our great nation. Trump was incoherent, unrepentant, and sounded like a two-bit dictator with his call to put his political opponent in jail.”
Goldenberg, of Newton, is the Travel Director of Jewish Women for Hillary (JWH), an organization that encourages Jewish women to work together across the country to deliver the vote to Clinton. “We need a leader who will focus on solutions, not someone who demeans women and immigrants and who divides people. Hillary is a pragmatic progressive who will work across the aisle to bring our country together. That’s why I’m with her.”
Goldenberg met Clinton years ago at a home in Brookline with about 50 women. “She’s mesmerizing, she is really powerful.” Clinton spoke about giving people a voice who don’t otherwise have one. “That resonated so strongly with me and my Jewish values of making sure that we lift others up, and that’s why I support her so strongly,” said Goldenberg.
The group is looking to create energy and buzz around the Jewish community’s shared values with the secretary, according to Goldenberg. She recruits Jewish women to volunteer and visit battleground states including Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida “Those three areas are very important in the campaign,” said Goldenberg. The volunteers go doorto- door talking to residents about their concerns regarding politics. She enjoys talking to voters about why Clinton’s values and experience are significant in comparison to an opponent who, she believes, doesn’t have the temperament or experience to be president.
“The guy at the top of the ticket is promoting values that would appall me if my children came home and spoke like him,” said Goldenberg. Not only appalled, she continued, but there would be retraining, conversations about bullying, how you speak to people, and kindness. Goldenberg said she always goes back to her core values that derive from Judaism, which have taught her that speaking hurtful words results in consequences. “He says things that make people fearful. That’s not what we want in our country, we want to come together and that’s why I think she is much better,” said Goldenberg.
“It’s not even a comparison,” said Goldenberg. In her mind, Donald Trump is simply mean. “I think disrespect is how Donald Trump rose to the prominence that he did,” she added.
“Hillary is the most investigated public figure in history,” said Goldenberg. In her mind, Clinton is, without question, a powerful woman. “Powerful women, sad to say as a mother of a daughter and as someone who believes so deeply in equality, but powerful women threaten certain men,” said Goldenberg. Clinton has been investigated for years and to no avail. Some people, Goldenberg admits,
simply don’t like Clinton.
“She’s not a perfect candidate. Who is? There is no one who is perfect running for office because we’re all human and we all make mistakes,” said Goldenberg. However, in her mind, the difference between Clinton and Trump is that she takes responsibility for her actions. According to Goldenberg, Clinton has said countless times that she made a mistake. Clinton admits that she shouldn’t have done it, and had she known then what she knows now, she wouldn’t have used a private server. It was a mistake, Goldenberg repeated.
“She owned it and she took accountability for it,” said Goldenberg. “Her opponent, by contrast, has taken accountability and responsibility for absolutely nothing.” The contrast, in her mind, between the two candidates is dramatic. “He calls people names; I mean to call somebody ‘Ms. Piggy’ and ‘Ms. Housekeeping’ that’s the kind of person he is,” she said.
When Goldenberg goes doorto- door, she admits that Clinton isn’t perfect but reminds people that if she were running, or if you were running, there would be a lot that would surface from your past. “We want her to be Ms. Perfect; she’s not, but – nobody is,” said Goldenberg. She describes Clinton as calm, determined and pragmatic.
Goldenberg referenced an example of her character when Clinton was in the senate. “She worked with one of the Republicans who prosecuted the case against Bill Clinton,” said Goldenberg. According to her, Clinton called him and worked with him towards making it easier for foster kids to get adopted, and together they passed an adoption bill. “That’s the kind of thing that she does. She reaches across the aisle and she gets things done,” said Goldenberg.
“I like pragmatic people. I like people who actually look at a problem, craft a solution and then go and make it happen, and that’s who she is,” said Goldenberg.