TRUMP RESPONDS: The President Blasts 'Disgraceful' Democrats as the 'Anti-Jewish Party'

Nevertheless, she has drawn fierce criticism from Republicans (Trump said Omar should resign) and establishment Democrats.

All 23 votes against the resolution came from Republican representatives, many of whom did so on grounds that the resolution did not mention Omar by name. A recent poll showed the majority of Democrat voters have moderate positions and reject the socialism of AOC.

Trump went on to say that "the Democrats have become an anti-Israel party". But the leaders regrouped. The same can't be said for their colleagues across the aisle, 23 of whom voted against the measure condemning white supremacy.

The House on Thursday passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other bigotry. So instead of pointing a finger of guilt at the real racist, Ms. Omar, the Democrat legislation branded all American white males as being bad persons and left the real anti-Semitic, racist free of any charge. It was meant to say the House "rejects anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States". The vote was delayed for a time on Thursday to include mention of Latinos to address concerns of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. One counter-protester was killed in a fracas with the white supremacists.

An earlier version focused more narrowly on anti-Semitism. But her remarks suggested that passing a resolution that would protect only Jews from hatred was not in the best interests of all parties concerned. The bill was introduced as Democrats grappled with how to respond to what pro-Israel lawmakers have considered anti-Semitic sentiments expressed by Rep.

It is unclear if the Cruz resolution, unlike the House version, will call out Omar or any members of Congress explicitly. "That's wrong", said presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent. A few Republicans who opposed the resolution said it should have only covered anti-Semitism.

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

A statement from Sen.

Fresh from a bruising fight over comments by her criticized as anti-Semitic, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar jumped back into the frying pan over the weekend, appearing to level harsh criticism at former U.S. president Barack Obama, then claiming she had been misquoted before seemingly backtracking.

Omar apologized past year for a 2012 tweet in which she said Israel had "hypnotized" America.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY said, "Everyone is entitled to their opinion, they are allowed to have free speech in this country", Gillibrand said.

It's telling that Omar leads with "Anti-Muslim bigotry" and not her own anti-Semitic tropes that instigated the resolution.


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

But Omar's rhetoric is taking Democrats to a place that leaves many uneasy.

The debate made clear that Democrats' growing diversity in Congress - in ethnicity, religion, gender, age and ideology - has created new challenges for the party.

She certainly isn't the first to hold that position.

The new congresswoman has been critical of the Jewish state in the past and apologized for those previous comments.

By Saturday, however, Omar had deleted the tweet without comment. "I think she has a different experience in the use of words, [and] doesn't understand that some of them are fraught with meaning".

Asked whether the resolution was meant to "police" lawmakers' words, Pelosi replied: "We are not policing the speech of our members". "Those people who won't condemn it are enabling it".

There remained frustration that the party that touts its diversity conducted such a messy and public debate about how to declare its opposition to bigotry.

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.

In part, Democratic leaders were trying to fend off a challenge from Republicans on the issue.

As the one-time victim of a severe homophobic beating with a baseball bat, Pocan might readily identify with a gay Palestinian in Gaza who was "forced to stand in sewage water up to his neck, his head covered by a sack filled with feces, and then he was thrown into a dark cell infested with insects and other creatures he could feel but not see", which was taken from a 2002 New Republic article cited in the gay publication Inside Outword.

  • Tracy Klein