Trump blasts ‘anti-Jewish’ Democratic party, brands House resolution ‘disgraceful’

By Canadian Press	
	 		House broadly condemns hate after anti Semitism dispute				Mar 09 2019

It is unclear whether the text will mention Rep. Ilan Omar (D-MN), whose latest anti-Jewish remarks prompted the House of Representatives to pass an anti-hate resolution Thursday.

Indeed, but calling out intentional bigotry is easy compared with the anti-Semitism that many critics perceived in remarks by freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, remarks that left her fellow Democrats deeply divided over how best to respond to them. Washington Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the progressive caucus's leader, did not want Omar's name in the resolution, while a number of Jewish members reportedly pushed to include it. Omar, a Somali refugee who resettled in Minnesota, had sparked fiery debate with her repeated criticisms of Israel and how a powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington exerts influence on USA politicians.

I don't think she's a bigot but, as with other sensitive topics, its not hard to sound like one when you make strong criticisms in such touchy areas as USA policy toward Israel.

Other Republican lawmakers have defended their votes against the resolution, saying that though they condemn all forms of hate, the resolution was irrelevant because it doesn't specifically name Omar's comments.

"I don't think that the congresswoman, perhaps, appreciates the full weight of how it was heard by other people", Pelosi said. Last week, Omar received bipartisan blowback for suggesting pro-Israel organizations pressure lawmakers into pledging allegiance to a foreign country.

As the 2020 presidential campaign gets underway, the Democrats are again showing their biggest opponent is not Donald Trump, it's themselves.

I say this as somebody who is no stranger from feeling alienated from a political party. "She deserves to be rebuked, by name, and removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee so that there is no mistake about the values and priorities that the House stands for".

When asked why Omar wasn't named in the resolution, Pelosi said because "It's not about her".

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The view, according to one of the aides, is that had all Republicans voted for the resolution, it would have stayed exclusively a Democratic issue.

Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii, also reacted Friday to an official White House Twitter account's tweet featuring video of Trump's statement about the Democratic Party.

"Today is historic on many fronts".

All House Democrats voted for the resolution, including Omar.

The statement continued, "We are tremendously proud to be part of a body that has put forth a condemnation of all forms of bigotry including anti-Semitism, racism, and white supremacy".

Another member of the new crop of outspoken young House freshmen, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY, said the final product, as well as the way presidential candidates are now talking about the issue, showed "there's been some really great progress we've made".

"The issue for me is we're not condoning anti-Semitism or anti-Muslim sentiment", she said.

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