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.
However, that sort of excusing deference and laughable benefit of the doubt appear to be reserved for Omar; in the past, Pelosi has used President Trump's words and actions most definitely to define his actual beliefs.
"I don't think our colleague is anti-Semitic", Pelosi said Friday, reiterating her previous defenses of Omar. While that language was ultimately approved by the full House, it was amended to include condemnations of Islamophobia, white supremacy and other forms of hate. "I think she has a different experience in the use of words, [and] doesn't understand that some of them are fraught with meaning". That comment came after Omar apologized in mid-February for writing in a now-deleted tweet that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) influence on US politics was "all about the Benjamins, baby".
Democratic leadership - including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, who himself is Jewish - balked at the president's comments.
Last month, Maher said he didn't know why Omar's tweets were being viewed as anti-Semitic. The resolution passed 407-to-23 on Thursday, with Omar lauding its smooth sail.
On "America's Newsroom" Friday, Zeldin said that the resolution should have named specific names and that Omar should have lost her seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
"Something that is one resolution, addressing these forms of hatred, not mentioning her name because it's not about her", she explained.
US President Donald Trump at the White House.
In August 2017, Pelosi said that Trump's post-Charlottesville press conference "made plain that the original statement he gave on Saturday is what he really believes". The Anti-Defamation League said it was "pleased the House of Representatives took a firm stance against anti-Semitism, including making an explicit statement rejecting the pernicious myth of dual loyalty and other vile slurs that have been used to persecute Jews for centuries".
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