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Anti-Trump Actor Michael Rappaport Signals Shift After Years Of Opposition: ‘My Views Have Changed’

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Vehement anti-Trump actor Michael Rappaport signaled this week he could cast a ballot for the former president after a shift in political views over many of President Joe Biden’s policies.

In an interview with the Visegrad 24 podcast, Rappaport, who has a history of vile attacks on Donald Trump and his family, left open the possibility of casting a ballot for him later this year after declaring he would not be voting for Biden.

“My political views have changed immensely,” Rapaport said. “I will not vote for Joe Biden. At this point when we’re doing this interview, voting for Trump is on the table. People are like, ‘What are you talking about?’ That’s my reality. I will not support anybody who’s anti-Israel. I will not support anybody that is anti-making America safe.”

He also chastised Biden’s virtual open-borders policies.

“I’m not down with that shit,” he said. “I’m not down with police officers in the greatest city on earth getting beaten up. You’re an illegal immigrant, and then you have no bail, [and then] flipping off the f***ing camera,” he continued.

“I’m not down with going into a Costco or a 7/11, cleaning out the spot,” he said of flash mobs who have been looting retail stores in cities that are run by Democratic politicians. “So any of these people that support it, I’m not voting for them. I’m not getting caught up or suckered into these race politics or any of that bulls*** anymore.”

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In October, shortly after the Hamas militant group launched a surprise attack on Israel, murdering nearly 1,300 people and kidnapping hundreds more, Biden’s approval rating among Democrats dropped by double digits after he came out in support of Israel.

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According to Axios, citing a new Gallup survey, Biden’s approval rating fell 11 points in a single month among Democrats, falling to a record low of 75 percent, and that is largely due to his support for the Jewish state.

“Biden is at risk of alienating members of his own party with his unequivocal support for Israel, which has carried out a weeks-long bombardment and total siege of Gaza in response to Hamas’ Oct. 7 terrorist attacks,” Axios reported.

The results come after Gallup found in February that more Democrats sympathized with Palestinians than Israelis for the first time since the polling firm asked the question.

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“The divide is particularly stark between generations: Less than half (48%) of Gen Z and millennials believe the U.S. should publicly voice support for Israel, according to a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll,” Axios continued.

But Biden has since changed his stance — critics say it is entirely political — after learning about his cratering approval rating among a key far-left Democrat voting bloc that despises Israel and supports Hamas.

The New York Times reported in February:

President Biden sharply escalated his criticism of Israel’s approach to the war against Hamas on Thursday, calling military operations in Gaza “over the top” and saying that the suffering of innocent people has “got to stop.”

Mr. Biden, who has strongly supported Israel’s right to retaliate for the Oct. 7 terrorist attack by Hamas that killed an estimated 1,200 people, exhibited growing impatience with the scale and duration of Israel’s response during a nighttime meeting with reporters at the White House.

“I’m of the view, as you know, that the conduct of the response in Gaza, in the Gaza Strip, has been over the top,” Biden told reporters.

“I’ve been pushing really hard, really hard, to get humanitarian assistance into Gaza,” he added. “There are a lot of innocent people who are starving. There are a lot of innocent people who are in trouble and dying. And it’s got to stop.”

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