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Once anti-Trump, comedian Michael Rapaport says he's open to voting for Trump after Oct. 7 massacre

Rapaport was pretty well known for going on anti-Trump rants during the former president's time in office. But he added that as of lately with the rampant antisemitism and the Biden administration seeming to flip flop on certain issues, voting for Trump is on the table. 

Published: January 7, 2024 11:47pm

Comedian and actor Michael Rapaport said that voting for former President Donald Trump is "on the table" after seeing how the Biden administration is handling the Israel-Gaza war and antisemitism. 

"I've been very open about my problems with Trump," Rapaport said on the Just the News, No Noise TV show. "But with everything that's going on in the last six months..... inflation and interest rates, and I know that doesn't have anything to do with the president necessarily.... but the antisemitism and the anti-Israel......I'm not supporting anybody that doesn't support Israel. Period."

Rapaport was pretty well known for going on anti-Trump rants and criticizing the former president, once referring to him as “the worst New Yorker ever."

He added that as of lately with the rampant antisemitism and the Biden administration seeming to flip flop on certain issues, voting for Trump is on the table. 

"I don't know who I'm gonna vote for at this point," Rapaport said. "But I like I said, voting for Trump is on the table. Now. I never thought I would say that. But it is on the table now."

A new poll shows a majority of registered voters disapprove of President Joe Biden's handling of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The New York Times-Siena College poll published Tuesday found 57% of those surveyed disapprove, while 33% approve. 

Critics of the Biden administration's foreign policy on the matter say the president could do more publicly to get the Israeli government to limit casualties, or risk losing international support.

Rapaport has been an outspoken supporter of Israel and even spoke at the "March for Israel" back in November.

Antisemitism has been a topic in the media in the past few months as multiple pro-Palestinian protests broke out across college campuses following the attacks on Israel by Hamas on Oct. 7. 

He has said in previous interviews that a lot of antisemitism in America is rooted in ignorance. 

"LGBTQ for Palestine is a ... ridiculous idea," he said during an interview on the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. "It's ridiculous to equate one with the other. It's just off the wall. And that has to be just being uneducated. You can't love on terrorists and you know, listen to their thoughts and their feelings to make their violent ways go in the past."

Many LGBTQ groups have spoken out in solidarity for Palestinians amid the Israel-Hamas war.

Rapaport recently went to Israel to use social media to highlight the aftermath of the Oct. 7 attacks on Israel and show the suffering that people there were still going through. Rappaport is among several high-profile comedians and pundits who although virulently anti-Trump for years, have started to speak out about leftist ideology and what they see as the left losing its way. Bill Maher recently broadcast a defense of Western Civilization against ideologues who see the world as "oppressed" vs "oppressors," and Ricky Gervais has made criticism of "wokeness" part of his routine which has been cheered on by some media commentators.   

As to Rappaport's trip to Israel, he said: "I had to go. I was so upset and so frustrated and just heartbroken and continue to be heartbroken by what happened," he said.

"We decided to go in. I'm very glad that we went. The trip was very emotional."

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