Trump Calls House Resolution on Anti-Semitism 'Disgraceful'

Minnie Murray
March 10, 2019

US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday said President Donald Trump had "redefined chutzpah" by saying the Democratic party had become an "anti-Israel" and "anti-Jewish" party.

For many, that comment played off of the "dual loyalty" accusations that have been used to harass and persecute Jews throughout history.

Trump had earlier told reporters that a recent US House of Representatives vote condemning bigotry, which had originally been meant to condemn anti-Semitism but became a broader anti-hate measure, "was disgraceful".

Before the resolution was passed, Trump took to social media to blast "House Democrats" for failing to take a stronger stance against anti-Semitism.

But following internal Democratic disputes, the motion was broadened out to include all forms of bigotry, including Islamophobia and discrimination against other minorities.

The resolution, which passed 407-23, was publically panned by several Republicans, including House Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) joined Reps. Republicans who voted against it complained it had been watered down.

"It became an issue for the Democrats of "we can't censure this person because it's a woman and a person of color" and that I think is identity politics, is it not?" He's a supporter of Israel but a robust critic of AIPAC as "a rubber stamp on the right-wing policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu" that, unfortunately, has helped turn support for Israel into a partisan Republican cause.

The action had come after controversial comments by Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

"It's not the same and I'll tell you why", Cardona responded. "I find that to be problematic and I am not alone", Omar tweeted.

She continued: "Our nation is having a hard conversation and we believe this is great progress". So instead of pointing a finger of guilt at the real racist, Ms. Omar, the Democrat legislation branded all American white males as being bad persons and left the real anti-Semitic, racist free of any charge.

"Mr. President, you have redefined chutzpah", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who like Trump is from NY.

Omar (D-Minnesota) has been a longtime opponent of the Israeli government, accusing it of "evil doings" in a 2012 tweet, then suggested recently that there is "political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country", a reference to the powerful Israel lobby.

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