Rep. Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) excoriated House Democrats for failing to put forward a resolution focused exclusively on condemning anti-Semitism in the wake of Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D., Minn.) remarks accusing Israel's supporters of having dual allegiance.
As Democrats wrestled among themselves over the past week before taking a House vote to broadly condemn bigotry and hatred, I was reminded of what former President Barack Obama said in a fiery speech on the topic last fall. The resolution passed 407-to-23 on Thursday, with Omar lauding its smooth sail.
But after blowback from progressives, it was revised to broadly condemn discrimination against Muslims and other minorities as well.
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.
The issue has caused a deep rift.
Omar told Democratic House leadership earlier in the week that she was prepared to vote in favor of a resolution created to condemn her own remarks on Israel, two senior congressional aides told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. Republicans who voted against it complained it had been watered down. "The whole episode from the perspective of the Democrats was an absolute disgrace, and they have become a party that is now enabling and abiding by anti-Semitism, and that is extremely unsafe".
Among those is a policy about Israel.
The flap over Omar's comments exposed differences in the Democratic caucus, with younger, more liberal Democrats more willing to criticize Israel.
"I am told every day that I am anti-American if I am not pro-Israel".
I, too, was upset by Omar's remarks.
She continued: "Our nation is having a hard conversation and we believe this is great progress".
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"Mr. President, you have redefined chutzpah", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who like Trump is from NY.
Jewish Insider reported the development on Friday, citing "a source familiar with the plan", who said it is "just a condemnation of anti-Semitism".
The debate comes amid a rise in anti-Semitic incidents across the United States. 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".
"Friends, our supporters, you know the Women's March we're going through some rough times and if you know anything about this past week, I'm going to give you some ideas of what we did this week".
"But that's okay", he went on.
Trump drew outrage in 2016 with a tweet showing his rival Hillary Clinton and a Star of David with the word "corrupt" superimposed over stacks of $100 bills.
Other prominent Jewish groups, however, welcomed the resolution.
"We only wish the president had learned from this resolution, which defines anti-Semitism to include anti-Semitic tropes and conspiracy theories that he has repeatedly invoked himself", Soifer wrote.
Pew Research Center says that among Jewish voters in the 2018 midterms, 79 per cent supported Democratic candidates.