Democrats clash over anti-Semitism resolution in response to Omar comments

Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism Islamophobia and other forms of hate after an upheaval that split Democrats and clouded their agenda. But Pelosi said the measure won't name Ilhan Omar

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House Democratic leaders planned to bring a resolution condemning anti-Semitism to the floor Wednesday, but the vote was delayed.

A meeting of House Democrats turned contentious Wednesday as some new members who helped deliver the House majority confronted leaders over a resolution implicitly rebuking Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota over her comments on Israel.

Hoyer said that, despite the delay, the resolution was still being discussed but might not come up for a vote this week. The freshman congresswoman "unequivocally apologized" for February 11 tweets critical of pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC that critics alleged were offensive and anti-Semitic and swiftly spurred bipartisan condemnation.

A number of Republican members on the committee, including New York Rep. This week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., accused Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, of anti-Semitism for a tweet referring to Tom Steyer, a Democratic donor of Jewish descent as "Tom $teyer", and Richmond and several other members mentioned Trump. "What we're against is hate, prejudice, bigotry, white supremacy, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism".

Noting the poster in West Virginia that linked Omar with the 9/11 attacks and claiming there were other anti-Muslim attacks targeting Omar, Pelosi continued, "I don't think this is just about comments by Congresswoman Omar, which I do not think were intentionally anti-Semitic ..."

"My comments were about the process we are using when concerns arise", Hayes said in a statement. Rep. Colin Allred (D-Texas) said he disagreed with what Omar said and believed "there should be an apology", according to The Hill.

"I think you make more of it than there is. the press loves to foment unease in the Democratic Party but we are very united" about the party agenda, she said. Eventually, reading the tea leaves, those same Democrats who were so eager to pass the resolution chose to delay it.

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.

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), who is among the Jewish members involved in crafting the initial resolution, rose to defend the resolution and, according to one member present, grew emotional. "I am grateful to the many Jewish allies who have spoken out and said the same". In criticizing the pro-Israel lobby, however, Omar was slammed by her freshman colleagues, veteran leaders of her own party and Republicans who claimed her inartful tweets invoked anti-Semitic tropes. She pushed back in tweets at one senior Democratic colleague, Rep. Nita Lowey of NY, the powerful chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Sarsour was joined by some in Congress, such as anti-Semitic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and high-profile socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y., who tweeted support for their embattled colleague.

"I want to ask why is it okay for me to talk about the influence of the NRA, or fossil fuels industries, or Big Pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobbying that is influencing policy", she said.

This article was written by Mike DeBonis, Rachael Bade, reporters for The Washington Post.

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