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

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Andrew Cummings | 11 March, 2019, 13:40

The Wisconsin lawmaker said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the resolution passed by the House of Representatives that broadly condemns all forms of bigotry, "was really clearly an effort to actually protect Ilhan Omar, to cover up her bigotry and anti-Semitism by refusing to name her".

Speaking outside the White House before departing for Alabama Friday morning, the president had said that recent comments by Democratic Rep. Rep. For days, Democrats wrestled with whether or how to punish the Minnesota Democratic 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 have written many times about the normalization of anti-Semitism on the Left and specifically about the recent anti-Semitic statements from Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and the disgusting excuses for her being pushed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and leading Democratic presidential candidates.

"I don't think that there's any validity to what he's saying", Hill said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday".

He was referring to President Donald Trump's seeming inability a year earlier to explicitly condemn a white nationalist and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va. "The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party".

Pocan joined Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib on February 27 during the Washington, D.C., confab that triggered the congressional resolution reviling all kinds of prejudice big and small.

The resolution condemned the charge of dual loyalty against Jewish Americans, stating it "constitutes anti-Semitism because it suggests that Jewish citizens can not be patriotic Americans and trusted neighbors, when Jews have loyally served our Nation every day". Divided Democrats eventually drafted a resolution that condemned a wide range of bigotry and did not mention Omar by name.

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Omar, who is Muslim, provoked the contentious debate by criticizing "people who push for allegiance to a foreign country" in comments she made in a Washington D.C. coffee shop last week.

When asked why Omar wasn't named in the resolution, Pelosi said because "It's not about her". "I do not believe she understood the full weight of her words", claimed Pelosi. Republicans who voted against it complained it had been watered down.

"Our nation is having a hard conversation and we believe this is great progress", they wrote.

But other Democrats wanted to broaden the resolution to include a rejection of all forms of racism and bigotry. "We are here today right now because of anti-Semitic rhetoric from one member of this chamber said again and again and again".

"I don't think this is just about comments by Congresswoman Omar, which I do not think were intentionally anti-Semitic".

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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