March 11, 2019
On March 8, the House passed a resolution (H.R. 183), by a vote of 407-23, condemning “anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and other forms of bigotry,” The Hill reported. Nearly two dozen Republicans voted against the measure.
The measure was brought to the floor after remarks by Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) about the so-called “dual-loyalties” of Israel supporters unleashed a torrent of debate. “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” Omar said in late February.
In reaction to the passage of the resolution, President Donald Trump commented, that “… the House vote on an anti-hate resolution shows the Democrats have become an ‘anti-Israel’ and ‘anti-Jewish party,’ the political news site reported.
The president further asserted that, since the resolution did not specifically denounce Omar by name, it “ was “a disgrace.”
According to The Hill, the vote had been delayed earlier in the week as Democrats fought over what should be included in the measure, with additional tweaks— to condemn bigotry against Muslims as well as “Latinos, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the LGBT”—being made as late as the afternoon of March 7.
It also includes language condemning Japanese internment camps in World War II, the century-old Dreyfus affair in France, former President John F. Kennedy being questioned over Catholicism; and the white supremacist events in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017
Some Democrats feared that the original resolution would have played into Republican efforts to use Omar to stoke divisions on the left, the political news outlet said.
Trump, himself, has repeatedly faced backlash for his own incendiary comments about white nationalists and Jews. Most notably, the president said in August 2017 there was blame on “both sides” of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, where a demonstrator killed a woman when he rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.
“You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people [who] were very fine people on both sides,” Trump said.
White supremacist marchers carried Nazi banners and chanted “Jews will not replace us.”
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