Republicans Upset Over Democrats’ Handling Of Omar’s Israel Comments
- Author: Rogelio Becker Mar 07, 2019,
Mar 07, 2019, 1:17
In the party's weekly closed meeting, Democrats protested the way Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other leaders tried to rush out a resolution this week responding to Omar's latest remark about Israel. "Anti-Semitism has fueled atrocities throughout history and it's inconceivable they will not act to condemn it!"
Republican leaders have seized on Omar's comments - both now and last month when she Tweeted a suggestion that support for AIPAC, a pro-Israel advocacy group, was motivated by money - to excoriate the freshman representative and force the Democratic leadership to turn against her. GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, said Omar "embodies a vile, hate-filled, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel bigotry" and Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, called once again for her to be ousted from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Democratic leaders were originally hoping to vote on the resolution this week, but delayed it Tuesday night after agreeing to add more language condemning anti-Muslim bias, according to two Democratic aides.
McCarthy said Republicans would support the Democrats' antisemitism resolution as now written but said there should be stronger action taken against Omar to ensure she doesn't continue to use offensive language.
Sanders' vague statement did not explicitly lump in Omar's recent comments with "legitimate criticism", but he has provided no clarity on the statements themselves - so far failing to condemn her repeated use of antisemitic tropes like dual loyalty or Israeli control of USA politicians.
A number of Republican members on the committee, including New York Rep.
The upheaval prompted Democrats to push off a decision about the resolution. "But even that version wasn't watered down enough for many Democrats, who also wanted the resolution changed to include other kids of religious bigotry, resulting in a big intraparty disagreement on Tuesday".
We've witnessed some truly remarkable floundering this week from House Democratic leadership in the wake of the Ilhan Omar controversy, in which the Muslim-American freshman Congressswoman was accused of anti-Semitism for daring to say (correctly) that pro-Israel lobbies like AIPAC exert enormous influence on USA politicians, to the point of seeking dual allegiance. "We must not, however, equate anti-Semitism with legitimate criticism of the right-wing, Netanyahu government in Israel", Sanders said in a statement on Wednesday.
Omar, a freshman Minnesota Democrat and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, tweeted about the graffiti Friday.
In recent weeks, Omar (D-Minn.) has drawn strong bipartisan criticism for her remarks about Israel and USA support of the Jewish state.
Both the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Progressive Caucus are expected to meet later Wednesday and could take a position opposing any resolution responding to Omar's remarks. She said afterward any resolution would be "redundant and unnecessary". "For a member saying he'll 'send Obama home to Kenya?'" "I am grateful to the many Jewish allies who have spoken out and said the same".
Vargas on Wednesday brushed off the online clash: "She could have come down the hall and asked me what my opinion is". To question someone's loyalty because they're Jewish, I think, is bad.
The Post reported that at one point during the meeting, Pelosi ally Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D., Ill.) pleaded: "Everyone stop tweeting!"