'Stop pandering to the woke mobs': GOP steps up attacks on vulnerable Democrats amid anti-Israel unrest on campus

The anti-Israel protests that have erupted on college campuses across the country in recent weeks over Israel's war with Hamas in Gaza are fueling new political attacks by Republicans on vulnerable Democrats running in this year's Senate elections.

“Death to America. Threatening Jews. Attacking police. Anti-Semitic gangs are taking over our universities. Students radicalized by the far left are acting like terrorists,” says the narrator in a new series of ads from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the campaign arm of the Senate GOP.

The spots focuses on four Democrats – Senators Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Jon Tester of Montana – as well as Representative Elissa Slotkin, the likely Democratic Senate nominee in Michigan. All five are being heavily targeted by the NRSC as the Republican Party looks to regain the Senate majority in the November elections.

The narrator states that President Biden and Democratic lawmakers “want you to pay off their student loans with your tax dollars to fund this chaos.”

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Democratic Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, are among the Senate Democrats targeted by NRSC. (Getty Images)

The ads end with the narrator urging viewers to tell Democrats to “stop pandering to the woke mobs and put America first.”

The NRSC is spending a minuscule five figures to run the spots, but a larger advertising blitz with a similar theme is expected in the near future.

“This is the most toxic issue for Democrats since they tried to defund the police,” NRSC communications director Mike Berg claimed.

“You can bet it will be in television ads if Democrats continue these anti-Semitic riots on college campuses.”

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The protests, some of which have turned violent this week, have drawn widespread attention on cable news networks and online. And it appears they're giving Republicans plenty of ammunition to use in this year's election.

A pro-Palestinian protester holds a flag on the roof of Hamilton Hall at Columbia University

An anti-Israel protester holds a flag on the roof of Hamilton Hall at Columbia University in New York City, April 30, 2024. (Yuki Iwamura/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

It's not just the NRSC.

In Pennsylvania's high-profile Senate contest that could decide the chamber's majority, presumptive Republican nominee Dave McCormick attacked Casey on Friday in an email titled “While anti-Semitism runs rampant on campuses across the country, Bob Casey fails to stand up for what is right. “

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Casey, who worked with GOP Sen. Tim Scott earlier this month to introduce the Senate version of the Antisemitism Awareness Act, has emphasized that “on campuses they need to enforce the law.”

As the Republican Party in the House of Representatives tries to hold on to its fragile majority, the National Republican Congressional Committee over the past week launched a similar one spot against the 37 swing district Democrats it is targeting.

“Tell the Democrats in the House of Representatives that it is time to stand up for Israel. It's time to stand up for what's right,” the narrator urges in the ad.

Protesters at UCLA wave the Palestinian flag

Hundreds of students protest outside the Palestine Solidarity Encampment on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. (Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

The NRSC's ad buy is also modest, but could be a preview of more to come.

Republicans have been largely united in their response to the protests, viewing them as anti-Semitic and anti-American, while Democrats have struggled to find a consistent message when it comes to the demonstrations.

Brian Walsh, a veteran Republican consultant who has served for years as a top communications strategist for both House and Senate Republicans, argued that the protests are “problematic for Democrats on several fronts.”

“First, they need the youth vote to vote for them in November, and it's clear they are very unhappy with President Biden, which will have a negative voting effect. Second, it motivates conservatives because it reminds them of election woke. ideology that has become a hallmark of this administration,” Walsh said. “And it comes at the same time that the president is telling working-class Americans that they have to pay for those same students' student loans.

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

Officer on horseback confronts demonstrators

Mounted police work to restrain demonstrators protesting the war in Gaza at the University of Texas at Austin, April 24, 2024, in Austin, Texas. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

The Democrats appear divided.

Some in tough races are calling for a crackdown on campus protests.

“We all firmly believe that the anti-Semitism, hatred and violence are not acceptable,” said Ohio's Brown.

But many progressives who don't face tough reelection fights are vigorously defending protesters' rights to demonstrate and resisting calls for federal intervention.

“It is outrageous and shameful to use the charge of anti-Semitism to distract from the immoral and illegal war policies pursued by Netanyahu's extremist and racist government,” argued progressive champion Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, pointing to the old Israeli leader. .

Veteran Democratic strategist Maria Cardona told Fox News: “Democrats must continue to emphasize two fundamental things. The first is that we are a nation of laws, and one of those crucial laws and rights is that we allow and people have the right to protest peacefully. Underline peacefully.

“President Biden and Democrats must continue to listen to Palestinians and those who are speaking out for the innocent lives being lost in Gaza and for the need to continue and expand humanitarian assistance, and that is something President Biden and the Democrats Democrats listened and worked hard to broker a ceasefire.

NYPD officers patrol as pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrate outside the Columbia University campus

NYPD officers patrol as anti-Israel protesters demonstrate outside the campus of Columbia University in New York City on April 18, 2024. (Peter Gerber for Fox News Digital)

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“The other side is to always strongly disavow and condemn hate speech, violent rhetoric and anti-Semitism, and that harassment of Jewish students will not and should not be tolerated,” Cardona emphasized. “And these two things are in stark contrast to Donald Trump, who said he would crack down on protesters, even those doing it peacefully, and want to call in the National Guard and clear everyone out. (He) has said that before.” would bang heads. That's not the way we do things in this country.

While Republican candidates and campaign committees will likely keep up the pressure as protests continue, the question remains how effective their efforts will be with voters.

An ABC News/Ipsos poll released this week found that few respondents said the demonstrations in the US and the fighting in Gaza were crucial to their voting behavior in the fall elections.

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