Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) on Tuesday asked for his Democratic colleagues to refer freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) by name in the resolution of disapproval aimed at condemning anti-Semitism after her repeated anti-Israel comments, the Washington Examiner reported.
Chase Jennings, the communications director for Budd, fired off at Democrats in a statement to the Examiner, saying that “condemning anti-Semitism shouldn’t be a partisan issue” and that “Omar should be named” like Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) was when the House named King in a resolution of disapproval condemning white nationalism for comments the congressman made.
Budd also took to Twitter to criticize the Minnesota congresswoman, saying Omar had “made clear her disdain for the Jewish people.”
I appreciate some of my Democratic colleagues who've spoken out against @IlhanMN's anti-Semitism in the past few days. She's only been in Congress for a few months but has already made clear her disdain for the Jewish people.
— Ted Budd (@RepTedBudd) March 5, 2019
Budd — who serves on the House Financial Services Committee — joined fellow Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) and Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) in sponsoring a House resolution condemning anti-Semitism in Congress and on college campuses in January. The trio demanded that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) bring their resolution to the House floor.
Zeldin — who himself is Jewish — has repeatedly called for the removal of Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, going as far as to say that Omar “shouldn’t have been appointed to this important position in the first place.”
Omar has come under fire recently for anti-Semitic comments, with the Minnesota congresswoman spatting with fellow Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) on Twitter after Omar insinuated in a tweet that politicians that support Israel “pledge support to a foreign country.”
Our democracy is built on debate, Congresswoman! 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. The people of the 5th elected me to serve their interest. I am sure we agree on that! https://t.co/gglAS4FVJW
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 3, 2019
President Donald Trump has also weighed in on Omar’s comments on Monday, saying it “was a dark day for Israel” in light of the freshman congresswoman’s “terrible comments concerning Israel.”
Representative Ilhan Omar is again under fire for her terrible comments concerning Israel. Jewish groups have just sent a petition to Speaker Pelosi asking her to remove Omar from Foreign Relations Committee. A dark day for Israel!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2019
The House is expected to vote Wednesday on the resolution, which “rejects anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States.”