The House passed a resolution widely condemning hate late Thursday, but Democrats are facing backlash over their wavering, last minute edits to the resolution and failure to condemn Rep. Ilhan Omar for her antisemitic statements.
Progressive Democrats came to Omar’s defense this week after senior Democrats challenged Omar’s statements. It didn’t take long for the Democratic stalwarts to cave to the young progressives, who were critical of anyone condemning Omar for blatantly racist remarks against Jewish people.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was one of the first senior Democrats to break under pressure from new Congressional progressives that came out in support of Omar. She made excuses for Omar’s antisemitic statements, and instead said the vote was to condemn all “forms of hatred.” Pelosi spoke to reporters earlier Thursday where she addressed Omar’s (D-MN), recent anti semitic statements.
Pelosi said she does not believe Omar is anti semitic. Further, Pelosi told reporters that Omar “doesn’t understand the weight of her words”.
The bill originally condemned anti semitism. Then, it was edited. The Democrats added other groups to the resolution such as actions of hate against anti-Muslim and all other anti-minority. It wasn’t done, however, because by late Tuesday they added Latinos. The Latinos were added at the request of the congressional Hispanic Caucus.
However, the bill makes no mention of Omar’s name.
“Whereas white supremacists in the United States have exploited and continue to exploit bigotry and weaponize hate for political gain, targeting traditionally persecuted peoples, including African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other people of color, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and others with verbal attacks, incitement, and violence.” reads the new section.
Originally, the vote was set for early this week.
Key resolutions from the bill:
(1) rejects the perpetuation of anti-Semitic stereotypes in the United States and around the world, including the pernicious myth of dual loyalty and foreign allegiance, especially in the context of support for the United States-Israel alliance;
(2) condemns anti-Semitic acts and statements as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States;
(3) reaffirms its support for the mandate of the United States Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism as part of the broader policy priority of fostering international religious freedom and protecting human rights all over the world;
(4) rejects attempts to justify hatred or violent attacks as an acceptable expression of disapproval or frustration over political events in the Middle East or elsewhere;
(5) acknowledges the harm suffered by Muslims and others from the harassment, discrimination, and violence that result from anti-Muslim bigotry;
(6) condemns anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against all minorities as contrary to the values of the United States;
(7) condemns the death threats received by Jewish and Muslim Members of Congress, including in recent weeks;
(8) encourages law enforcement and government officials to avoid conduct that raises the specter of unconstitutional profiling against anyone because of their race, religion, nationality, political, or particular social group, including the assignment of blame or targeting members of an entire religious group for increased suspicion, based on the conduct of a single individual or small group of individuals; and
(9) encourages all public officials to confront the reality of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and other forms of bigotry, as well as historical struggles against them, to ensure that the United States will live up to the transcendent principles of tolerance, religious freedom, and equal protection as embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the first and 14th amendments to the Constitution.