Hakeem Jeffries Defends House Dems: ‘We’re Not Going to Be Lectured By Mitch McConnell on Anything’

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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) responded on Wednesday to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) criticism of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and her remarks that have been deemed anti-Semitic by some.

Jeffries, who is the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, condemned anti-Semitism in both the House of Representatives and the White House amidst controversies in the Democratic party.

“Let me just generally say: There is not a rise in anti-Semitism in the House of Representatives, there is a rise of anti-Semitic behavior and activity and violence in the country and it’s irresponsible for Mitch McConnell to try to politicize this issue,” Jeffries stated.

He continued, explaining, “Anti-Semitism isn’t a political issue, it’s an issue that we all need to collectively address and do it in a non-partisan way and not fan the flames of division by trying to promote Mitch McConnell’s political agenda — that’s the height of irresponsibility.”

Jeffries went on to question why McConnell had not criticized “hateful remarks” from President Donald Trump:

“And when has he ever said anything about the hateful remarks that continue to float out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? When has he ever said anything about that?”

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“And so we’re not going to be lectured by Mitch McConnell on anything and that shameless behavior must be discontinued,” Jeffries claimed.

The remarks from Jeffries come after McConnell criticized the freshman class of House Democrats on Tuesday, according to The Hill, stating:

“Now, this is a good time for America to think again about anti-Semitism. It seems to be more fashionable in Europe, it seems to be more fashionable in this country, regretfully, among at least some members of the new class in the House.”

Many newly-elected Democrats were quick to challenge McConnell’s assertions, including Rep. Abigail Spanberger who stated, “I think a man who hasn’t met any of us can’t really comment on the positions of the freshman class.”

“I think that it is incredibly detrimental to the cause of fighting such a scourge that someone would seek to, in fact, politically capitalize on this terrible trend and increase that we’ve seen throughout some of our communities,” she added.

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Hakeem, in his brilliance, depth and originality, somehow put the blatant, intrinsic anti-Semitism of our scarved Muhammadans on Trump’s 1600. Personally, I think the frosh lambs of god who gave rise to this obscene debate would have more command and influence, and assuage their male counterparts’ anger at them going out on the streets unescorted, if they wore cute burqas.

Phyllis Softa

I am not fond of angry males taking to the streets to chant “Jews will not replace us.” and they do not need to be showing off their swastikas.

I. Chin

Interesting name Hakeem. We know where your loyalties are predisposed, and they are almost certainly not with the US. (besides your party affiliation with US haters).

FYI, Hakeem, you’re a Rep. Mitch is in the Senate. Follow your party leaders Pelosi and AOC.

Phyllis Softa

Since none of your 21 down votes asked, I will. Where are Hakeem’s predisposed loyalties if not the US?
Perhaps the others did not want to ask as you do not appear to be aware that Rep Jeffries IS the Chairman of the Democrat House Caucus! Hakeem IS a member of Democrat LEADERSHIP! AOC has no leadership role. She wasn’t even selected as one of the 2 freshman representative to the Democrat leadership circle—Those would be Joe Neguse & Katie Hill.

Rocky Drummond

I think what Screwtape is suggesting is that AOC is an ideological leader.

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