Liz Cheney: Democratic Party Is ‘Now Enabling and Abiding By Anti-Semitism’

Geraldine Edwards
March 11, 2019

The former head of the DNC said Thursday that Democrats should have mentioned Rep. Ilhan Omar by name in the House resolution to condemn all forms of bigotry because it was her mistakes that prompted the action.

Every Democrat in the House voted in favor of the compromise resolution, while 23 House Republicans voted against it because they didn't think it went far enough.

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.

The Republican president spoke a day after the vote on a resolution originally meant to condemn anti-Semitism following controversial comments by Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar that instead became a broader anti-hate measure. "I think we deserve it".

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Taken literally, the resolution implies that the majority of the House of Representatives supported bigotry prior to Thursday's 407-23 vote.

Halie Soifer, the Jewish Democratic Council of America Executive Director responded to Trump's accusation on Friday, calling him a "hypocrite".

"The change that is happening in the Democratic party is something that started with the recent elections that brought Ilhan Omar and others - young, progressive, and pushing for new ideas", US-Palestinian journalist Ramzy Baroud told RT.

Republicans and several Democrat lawmakers were outraged that the resolution did not mention Omar by name and argue it was an attempt to whitewash blatant anti-Semitism.

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The Wisconsin lawmaker said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the resolution passed in the House that broadly condemned all forms of hate was an effort to "protect" Omar. David Rubenstein noted the criticism that it was watered-down from its original objective of condemning anti-Semitism following Omar's recent remarks. "There are people who tell me, 'Well, my parents are Holocaust survivors.' 'My parents did this.' It's more personal with her", Clyburn said.

The US president made the surprising charge on Friday as he boarded Air Force One, when asked by reporters about the vote in the House hours earlier. Omar, who can be quite gracious and charming in real life, turns into a bit of a liberal troll when she gets on Twitter or behind a lectern. Republicans who voted against it complained it had been watered down.

She continued: "Our nation is having a hard conversation and we believe this is great progress".

"I don't think that the congresswoman perhaps appreciated the full weight of how it was heard by other people, although I don't believe it was intended in an anti-Semitic way", she explained. "We are here today right now because of anti-Semitic rhetoric from one member of this chamber said again and again and again".

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Pelosi also said that she spoke to Omar about her remarks and explained why the resolution didn't specifically point to Omar or her remarks.

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