Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) is defending those 23 Republicans who voted nay on the overwhelmingly passed resolution to condemn anti-Semitism, along with other forms of hate.
The resolution swept right through the House as it passed 407 to 23 on Thursday following the controversy surrounding freshman Rep. Ilahn Omar’s anti-Semitic remarks. However, Omar was not named in the resolution, drawing criticism, specifically from one GOP Jewish member, Rep. Lee Zeldin.
The lonesome 23 people who voted against the resolution were all Republicans:
- Rep. Andy Biggs (Ariz.)
- Rep. Mo Brooks (Ala.)
- Rep. Ken Buck (Colo.)
- Rep. Ted Budd (N.C.)
- Rep. Michael C. Burgess (Texas)
- Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.)
- Rep. Chris Collins (N.Y.)
- Rep. Mike Conaway (Texas)
- Rep. Rick Crawford (Ariz.)
- Rep. Jeff Duncan (S.C.)
- Rep. Louie Gohmert (Texas)
- Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.)
- Rep. Tom Graves (Ga.)
- Rep. Pete King (N.Y.)
- Rep. Doug LaMalfa (Calif.)
- Rep. Thomas Massie (Ky.)
- Rep. Steven Palazzo (Miss.)
- Rep. Mike Rogers (Ala.)
- Rep. Chip Roy (Texas)
- Rep. Greg Steube (Fla.)
- Rep. Mark Walker (N.C.)
- Rep. Ted Yoho (Fla.)
- Rep. Lee Zeldin (N.Y.)
GOP House members who voted against the resolution are taking heat for it:
Where’s the outrage over the 23 GOP members who voted NO on a resolution condemning bigotry today?
Oh, there’s none?
Did they get called out, raked over, ambushed in halls and relentlessly asked why not?
No? Okay. Got it.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 8, 2019
House adopts the revamped anti-Semitism resolution
The vote was 407 to 23. One member voted present.
Only Republicans voted no.
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) voted present.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) March 7, 2019
Something refreshing about the folks with the guts to step up and go on record as saying they don’t really care about the issue unless they can wield it as a club against one particular House member.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) March 7, 2019
Incredible. Rep. @IlhanMN had the class to vote for the resolution condemning anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and white supremacy, despite being the impetus for it, while 26 Republicans refused. And @SpeakerPelosi got her house in order. https://t.co/xm8KacMhq9
— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) March 7, 2019
Texan rep. takes up the defense of GOP and slams Democrats
Crenshaw is defending the 23 Republicans who stood against the resolution and is calling out what he believes is the real reason for them doing so.
“While I voted for this, let’s be honest about what it really is – a deceitful way for Dems to give Omar cover,” the Texan representative wrote.
“Her beliefs won’t change,” he added. “Her committee assignment should.”
Omar is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee which oversees the United State’s relationship with Israel.
Um…Dems, we already passed a resolution that supposedly condemned Omar’s anti-Semitic remarks, remember?
While I voted for this, let's be honest about what it really is – a deceitful way for Dems to give Omar cover.
Her beliefs won't change. Her committee assignments should. https://t.co/5qpSLHeYfS
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) March 7, 2019
He continued to sound off on the move in a statement to IJR:
“Democrats diluted this resolution beyond its original intent of condemning anti-Semitic rhetoric. By putting it on the floor, Democratic leadership allowed her to claim she’s against hateful language. But we know that’s not the case as these are her deeply held beliefs. It is for that reason that they should remove her from the Foreign Affairs Committee. Otherwise the Democratic party is signaling support for anti-Israel US foreign policy.”
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy.), who voted against the resolution, also responded to the critics calling it “a sham put forward by Democrats to avoid condemning one of their own and denouncing vile anti-Semitism,” as IJR Red noted.
“Rep. Omar’s comments were wrong and she has proven multiple times that she embodies a vile, hate-filled, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel bigotry,” Cheney said. “She deserves to be rebuked, by name, and removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee so that there is no mistake about the values and priorities that the House stands for.”