The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution on Thursday to condemn anti-Semitism and other hate, but it caused backlash toward Republicans as the 23 who voted against were all GOP — but one Republican Jewish lawmaker is defending his reasons for voting against it.
Passing with an overwhelming 407 to 23 late Thursday, the resolution condemns anti-Semitism, anti-muslim, as well as hate toward “African-Americans, Native Americans, and other people of color, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, immigrants and others.”
“Whether from the political right, center or left, bigotry, discrimination, oppression, racism and imputations of dual loyalty threaten American democracy and have no place in American political discourse,” the resolution states, according to The New York Times.
Republicans are taking heat for being the only ones to vote against the anti-hate resolution, but Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) is blasting the resolution and Omar.
The Jewish member of Congress slammed the Democrats’ resolution for not naming Omar and said the resolution should have called out Omar’s controversial anti-Semitic remarks.
“I apparently am giving Rep. Omar more credit than the speaker is,” Zeldin ripped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) following her comment that she doesn’t believe Omar “understood the full weight of the words.”
During Thursday’s press conference, Pelosi commented on Omar’s remarks, saying she’s “confident” Omar’s comments were “not based on any anti-Semitic attitude.”
“I don’t believe that she is naive,” Zeldin continued about Omar. “I believe that she knows exactly what she’s doing.”
“It is an American value, by the way, to have reasonable, legitimate criticism of a government. Whether it be the U.S. government, Israel, or any other government. It is not an American value, though, to be hurling anti-Semitic rhetoric. Anti-Semitism must be condemned unequivocally and emphatically.”
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Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), who is a Jewish member of Congress, explains why he did not vote for the Democrats' resolution condemning hate
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“It’s time to call out these statements for what they are: pointed, bigoted, unreasonable, illegitimate, anti-Semitic,” Zeldin said. “… Support of Israel, support of Jews, standing against anti-semitism has been bipartisan in the past, it should be bipartisan today, and should be bipartisan for every moment in the future.”