A House resolution condemning anti-Semitism following a slew of controversial comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar has been put on hold as party extremists continue to defend the congresswoman.
A portion of the declaration was to state that the House, “rejects anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States.”
The move came after Omar, who has tweeted about Israel being “evil,” compared Israel to Iran, and repeated numerous anti-Semitic tropes, also tossed out a dual loyalty accusation against Jews.
In a stunning display of ‘whataboutism,’ progressives within the party have staunchly defended Omar, most notably, New York socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Ocasio-Cortez claims the resolution should include denouncements of “homophobic statements,” “anti-blackness,” and “xenophobia.”
In this administration + all others, we should actively check antisemitism, anti-blackness, homophobia, racism, and all other forms of bigotry.
And the most productive end goal when we see it is to educate and heal.
It’s the difference btwn “calling in” before “calling out.”
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 5, 2019
She Told Dems to Jump
Ocasio-Cortez’s twitter rant in defense of Omar appears to have worked. Maybe she really is “the boss” in the House? She said jump, and they said ‘How high?’
Fox News reports that the resolution condemning anti-Semitism “has been delayed, as Democrats scramble to rewrite the motion to include all forms of prejudice and progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez come to the defense of their embattled colleague.”
“Yes, we’re strongly against anti-Semitism, but we’re strongly against prejudice directed at any group,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said, dutifully echoing the 29-year-old socialist from New York.
“We’re still discussing it,” Hoyer confirmed. “The sentiment is that it ought to be broad-based. What we’re against is hate, prejudice, bigotry, white supremacy, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism.”
The resolution in question didn’t even name Omar in the first place. It is clear that the Democrat party simply can’t bring themselves to denounce anti-Semitism in general.
Contrast this to when Steve King was reprimanded for comments he had taken out of context not too long ago. Nobody demanded the resolution that specifically named King to include other forms of bigotry, like Omar’s anti-Semitism.
“You had House Democrats tripping all over each other, running to the floor of the House of Representatives to condemn white supremacy in a resolution that named Congressman Steve King. He apologized,” Rep. Lee Zeldin recently recalled. “And now, we have those same members – many of them tripping over each other, running away from the House floor, so they don’t have to condemn anti-Semitism.”
King was still also stripped of his committee assignments. Omar remains on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“The resolution only addresses a piece of the problem,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said. “She continues to display anti-Semitic remarks, comments. These are her beliefs.”
“If they really are serious about addressing the problem, Nancy Pelosi has to remove her from the Foreign Affairs Committee,” he added.
They’re not serious. She won’t be removed from the committee. And by the time the resolution is drafted and voted on, it will include language suggesting all Republicans are racist.
And it will all be because the Democrat party now does the bidding of a freshman congresswoman in New York.