With many questioning how much control Speaker Nancy Pelosi has over her caucus, the Democrat-led House passed a watered-down resolution against all forms of hate in response to the latest anti-Semitic remarks from Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress in November.
The resolution, which exposed a deep riff within a party that can’t come together to denounce anti-Semitic behavior, passed 407-to-23 — a number of Republicans voted against it to protest the weakened language.
Rep. Omar was not mentioned by name, and other groups were added to a list of those subjected to hate. Anti-Muslim bigotry was condemned, along with mosque bombings and planned attacks targeting Muslim communities.
The weak resolution began:
“Condemning anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values and aspirations that define the people of the United States and condemning anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contrary to the values and aspirations of the United States.”
Latinos, Asian Americans and LGBT people were also added, and the Ku Klux Klan, white supremacists and neo-Nazis were denounced.
A resolution that began as a condemnation of anti-Semitism devolved into a broader denouncement of hate when the hard-left progressive wing of the Democratic Party came to Omar’s defense — many of whom stand with Palestine over Israel.
Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel summed it up well:
“So just to be clear: A Somali-American Democrat engages in repeated anti-Semitism, and Democrats pass a resolution that condemns “white supremacists” (and gets in a reference to Charlottesville),” she tweeted.
So just to be clear: A Somali-American Democrat engages in repeated anti-Semitism, and Democrats pass a resolution that condemns "white supremacists" (and gets in a reference to Charlottesville).
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) March 7, 2019
Pelosi kowtowed to the radical in her party, saying Omar dual loyalty smear was not “based on any anti-Semitic attitude,” claiming the freshman Democrat did not grasp the “full weight” of her words.
And the speaker was clear that the resolution wasn’t about Omar.
“It is one resolution addressing these forms of hatred, not mentioning [Omar’s] name because it’s not about her. It’s about these forms of hatred,” Pelosi muttered during a press conference.
And through it all, Omar never apologized.
In fact, she declared victory alongside fellow Muslim Reps. André Carson, D-Ind., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., the Palestinian-American who called President Donald Trump a motherf–ker, in a statement released after the resolution passed, calling it “historic” and saying they believe “this is great progress.”
Our nation is having a difficult conversation, but we believe this is great progress. pic.twitter.com/gSua9a8mki
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) March 7, 2019
And to be clear that she has no remorse over her continued anti-Semitic remarks, she re-tweeted an attack on the late Sen. John McCain calling daughter Meghan McCain’s concern about anti-Semitism “faux outrage,” as seen below from The Daily Caller’s Peter Hasson.
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) March 8, 2019
This coming after the resolution passed.
But then, Rep, Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, called it in a tweet that characterized Pelosi’s resolution as “a deceitful way for Dems to give Omar cover.”
And with Omar remaining on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the former Navy SEAL added: “Her beliefs won’t change. Her committee assignments should.”
Um…Dems, we already passed a resolution that supposedly condemned Omar’s anti-Semitic remarks, remember?
While I voted for this, let's be honest about what it really is – a deceitful way for Dems to give Omar cover.
Her beliefs won't change. Her committee assignments should. https://t.co/5qpSLHeYfS
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) March 7, 2019
The 23 Republicans who voted against the measure, as identified by The Hill:
Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Mo Brooks (Ala.), Ken Buck (Colo.), Ted Budd (N.C.), Michael Burgess (Texas), Liz Cheney(Wyo.), Chris Collins (N.Y.), Mike Conaway (Texas), Rick Crawford (Ark.) and Jeff Duncan (S.C.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Tom Graves (Ga.), Pete King (N.Y.), Doug LaMalfa (Calif.), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Steven Palazzo (Miss.), Mike Rogers (Ala.), Chip Roy (Texas), Greg Steube(Fla.), Mark Walker (N.C.), Ted Yoho (Fla.) and Lee Zeldin (N.Y.).
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wy., responded to a tweet from Rep. Alexander Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., one of Omar’s staunchest defenders, to call the resolution a “sham” designed to protect the Muslim lawmaker.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) March 8, 2019
Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., called it a “ridiculous resolution” in explaining why he voted against it:
I voted NO on the ridiculous resolution that purported to condemn speech that is not at issue. Rep. Omar has made specific multiple anti-Jewish statements. The resolution failed to mention her or her statements. So I will: I condemn anti-Jewish hate speech by Rep. Omar. pic.twitter.com/GRkS0PtHNZ
— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) March 7, 2019
Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., went even further, calling it “spineless,” as he called for Omar to be removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee.
H.Res.183 was spineless, watered down & filled w moral equivalency & double standards. Watch my floor speech explaining my NO vote to this resolution. Name names & remove Rep Omar from @HouseForeign. No double standards! pic.twitter.com/Rj17P6MHFI
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) March 7, 2019
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