Trump calls House resolution 'disgraceful'

US House Democrats Struggling over Rebuke to Lawmaker for Israel Comments

Trump's comment came a day after, United States lawmakers on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred and bigotry, following an acrimonious debate over a Muslim congresswoman's comments about Israel policy.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Omar during a press conference and said the freshman congresswoman's beliefs about Jews are "not based on any anti-Semitic attitude".

"The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party, they've become an anti-Jewish party", Trump said Friday.

Asked about concerns among House Democrats that naming Omar would have made her a target of more threats in the future, Cheney argued that Democratic leaders were nonetheless "enabling anti-Semitism" by crafting a broad resolution. "The expansion of its scope - from antisemitism alone to "all hate" - was a bid to end dissension among Democrats over freshman congresswoman Omar's latest remarks on Israel". David Rubenstein noted the criticism that it was watered-down from its original goal of condemning anti-Semitism following Omar's recent remarks.

Taken literally, the resolution implies that the majority of the House of Representatives supported bigotry prior to Thursday's 407-23 vote. Last week, Omar received bipartisan blowback for suggesting pro-Israel organizations pressure lawmakers into pledging allegiance to a foreign country.

Omar appeared to agree that it wasn't about her repeated anti-Semitic comments with the way she opened her official statement on the resolutions passage.

An initial draft of the resolution being circulated Monday did not name Omar specifically, but it did reject "the myth of dual loyalty", a reference that seemed to rebuke her most recent comments about Israel that have caused consternation among her colleagues.

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I say this as somebody who is no stranger from feeling alienated from a political party.

Rep. Ilhan Omar argues that American "democracy is built on debate", tweeting, "I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee". Sarsour in her video took credit for convincing House Democratic leadership for "expanding the language of the resolution to include condemning all forms of bigotry".

"So I would've liked her to be named as having made a mistake that triggered this", he said.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-2 District, said it was not important to censure Omar in the resolution.

The view, according to one of the aides, is that had all Republicans voted for the resolution, it would have stayed exclusively a Democratic issue.

"Today is historic on many fronts", they wrote. "Our nation is having a hard conversation and we believe this is great progress".

The original resolution focused more on denouncing anti-Semitism but morphed into a resolution condemning various other forms of bigotry against minorities in the U.S.

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