US House Democrats Struggling over Rebuke to Lawmaker for Israel Comments
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Mar 11, 2019,
Mar 11, 2019, 10:32
Donald Trump has accused the Democrats of being "anti-Israel, anti-Jewish" after a resolution in the House of Representatives initially meant to condemn antisemitism was widened to condemn all racism.
It is the product of days of debate over how to respond to Omar's remarks, which have been criticized as antisemitic.
"Unfortunately, I think the Democratic leadership here has made what I think is a pretty serious mistake in caving to this pressure", said Democratic strategist Peter Daou, who has advised Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. It's her belief that supporting the Jewish state, a longtime ideological and geopolitical ally of the United States, is an act of dual loyalty - either by Jews or by others who, as Omar might say, have been "hypnotized" to do "evil".
The issue has caused a deep rift. It condemns anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities "as hateful expressions of intolerance". The resolution passed with 407 votes, with 23 Republicans opposed. Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third-ranking House Republican, called the resolution "a sham put forward by Democrats to avoid condemning one of their own" in a statement after voting against it.
Around 60 Democrats boycotted the speech, saying it was an overreach by Speaker John Boehner, Netanyahu and Aipac - one also created to make it look as if Republicans were more pro-Israel than Democrats.
Well, if Omar had inserted a dollar sign into the name of a Jewish donor, considering her history, we'd have to assume she was clumsily trying to make another bigoted comment. She was criticizing Israel's supporters by suggesting that they are not loyal Americans.
"It's all about the Benjamins baby", Omar tweeted, referring to pictures of Benjamin Franklin, a U.S. Founding Father whose picture is on $100 bills.
"Our nation is having a hard conversation and we believe this is great progress", they wrote. They would never allow a Democrat to get away with flattering Communist dictators, paying hush money to alleged mistresses, encouraging foreign interference in USA elections, denigrating the Federal Bureau of Investigation, spending money by executive decree that Congress hasn't appropriated or a thousand other sins.
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"Mr. President, you have redefined chutzpah", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who like Trump is from NY.
President Donald Trump branded a resolution passed in response to Democratic Rep. lIhan Omar's anti-Semitic comments as "disgraceful". The Anti-Defamation League said it had "obvious antisemitic overtones".
In October a gunman killed 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the deadliest attack ever on Jews in America. "But the fact is if that's how it was interpreted, we have to remove all doubt, as we have done over and over again".
The resolution also "acknowledges the risky consequences of perpetuating anti-Semitic stereotypes" and "rejects anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States".
"Exhibit A of how politicians use the media as a straw man to avoid owning what they said", he wrote, adding, "Your tape...supports what I wrote 100%".
"But that's okay", he went on.
And his closing 2016 campaign ad contained alarming messaging, with images of prominent financial figures George Soros and Janet Yellen, both Jewish, as Trump speaks of "those who control the levers of power in Washington".