Trump blasts ‘anti-Jewish’ Democratic party, brands House resolution ‘disgraceful’

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, speaks during a news conference to introduce H.R. 4 Voting Rights Advancement Act on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on Tuesday Feb. 26 2019

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The resolution was originally meant to deliver a direct rebuke of anti-Semitism following comments by a Muslim Democratic congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, that were deemed anti-Semitic and offensive by many colleagues.

Or the offenses of certain House Republicans such as Iowa's serial offender Steve King, who lost his three committee seats in January after he defended the terms "white supremacist" and "white nationalist" during a New York Times interview.

The resolution, which passed 407-23, was publically panned by several Republicans, including House Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) joined Reps.

But Democrats were split over the wording of the resolution and in a spirited caucus meeting on Wednesday, several lawmakers, including Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-5 District, protested the evolving resolution was being pushed too quickly by Pelosi to the floor.

"We're supposed to stand up to discrimination", Obama said at the University of IL at Urbana-Champaign. Republicans generally joined in the favorable vote, though almost two-dozen opposed the measure.

Republicans generally joined in the favorable vote, though almost two-dozen opposed the measure, one calling it a "sham".

"I thought yesterday's vote by the House was disgraceful", he said. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

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Rep. John Larson D-1st District, said the vote on the resolution was "common sense". "I think it strengthened it". "Whether its anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia...there's no place for it and this was the right vehicle". She also said that Jewish legislators who support Israel have a "allegiance to a foreign country".

"She deserves to be rebuked, by name, and removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee so that there is no mistake about the values and priorities that the House stands for". Critics, including some Democratic colleagues and many Republicans, slammed the statements for invoking harmful tropes about "dual loyalty" and Jews and money. For days, Democrats wrestled with whether or how to punish the Minnesota lawmaker, arguing over whether Omar, one of two Muslim women in Congress, should be singled out, what other types of bias should be decried in the text and whether the party would tolerate dissenting views on Israel.

"I do not believe she understood the full weight of her words".

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

Raskin also said the debate over the resolution "has been a very hard process for the caucus, but also a very healthy one". "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". Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y. "If that member had been a Republican, that member's name would be in this resolution and this resolution would be all about condemning anti-Semitism, and it would be done so forcefully".

As president, Trump sparked a firestorm by saying there were "very fine people on both sides" at a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, where demonstrators chanted "Jews will not replace us". "And, as usual, lies...."

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