Bud Hockenberg (92), a Republican from Des Moines IA, is the former president of the Des Moines Jewish Federation and a founding member of what is now the Republican Jewish Coalition, as well as of Iowans Supporting Israel, a bipartisan group. He is a fourth-generation Des Moines resident and former president of the Conservative synagogue Tifereth Israel. He is still a “very active” attorney and recently attended his 52nd consecutive AIPAC conference.
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Has Donald Trump’s presidency turned out the way you thought it would back in 2016 when he was first elected president? Is it better or worse than you expected?
Do you believe that Donald Trump has fulfilled his campaign promises and is this a good thing or a bad thing for the country?
Yes. He has fulfilled campaign promises. A blessing for America.
Has Joe Biden turned out to be the type of candidate you expected at the start of the primary elections? Please explain.
Yes. The Democratic campaign is Obama’s third term versus Trump’s second term (mandatory Biden selection as Obama’s 8-year vice president to protect 8-year damage to America).
Do you Donald Trump has a chance of winning the election in November?
Yes, he will be re-elected.
What does Joe Biden need to do to win the election in November? Do you think he has a chance?
Contact Obama, the real candidate. Joe Biden has no chance of winning in a fair election.
If elected, what should Donald Trump do to bring the country together?
Emphasize the 9th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (all rights not delegated to the federal government are reserved for the states and individual citizens).
If elected, what do you think Joe Biden should focus on for his first 100 days in office?
As a defeated candidate, he should manage Obama’s Chicago library.
Do you have any concerns about the general election in November, and if yes, what are your concerns?
Voting restricted to citizens.
Should in-person voting be required in November? Why or why not?
I have a preference for in-person voting. There is a danger of invalid absentee ballots.
Do you think Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests will affect voter choice? Please explain.
Yes. ANTIFA’s control of BLM, property destruction and danger to personal safety will encourage Trump votes.
Do you think COVID-19 will affect voter turnout? If yes, how?
The normal 55% eligible votes will be exceeded by the silent Trump majority vote.
Do you think the closure of voting locations across the country due to COVID-19 will affect elections in your state in November? Please explain.
No. The June 2020 Iowa primary vote was high because of Republican opposition to the ANTIFA revolution.
At this point, what is your preferred method of voting in November? Why?
In-person. My traditional method.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Systemic racism is fiction. The compelling evidence is the election and re-election of a black president (Obama 2008 and 2012). Systemic anti-Semitism is the heart of ANTIFA.