New York Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) blasted Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as having “horrible judgment” when she invited a Texas imam, who previously compared Israel to the Nazis, to give the opening prayer at the House of Representatives last week.
While giving a Sunday interview with “Fox & Friends,” Zeldin — who first took office in 2015 and is Jewish himself — went after Pelosi for inviting Texas Imam Omar Suleiman to give the House’s opening prayer on Thursday, torching the move while pointing out that Suleiman’s comparison of “Israel to Nazis” should have been a cue for the Democrats to “find another imam.”
“Either the Speaker’s office did not vet this imam at all, or worse, they did vet the imam and then decided that it would have been okay for the imam to come onto the floor of the House of Representatives anyway. Let’s just say all you found is that he compares Israel to Nazis, that would be enough to tell that member or other members of that caucus ‘how about you find another imam if you want to have an imam to give an opening prayer?'”
Horrible judgment @SpeakerPelosi to allow Omar Suleiman to give opening prayer in House after he compared Israelis to Nazis, accused Israel of being terrorists, posted in support of Muslim Brotherhood, called for Palestinian Intifada & more.@PeteHegseth https://t.co/db7HEAXqPU
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) May 12, 2019
Zeldin continued on to say that the issues surrounding Suleiman that host Pete Hegseth “pointed out” — such as “comparing Israel to terrorists, calling for a third Palestinian intifada, or the posts on social media that are supportive of Muslim Brotherhood” — made Pelosi’s choice to have him give the opening prayer “a bad call” and blasted the House speaker as having “horrible judgment.”
“And after the 2019 that we’ve had so far, where members of their own caucus are pushing anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hate, it was bad judgment,” added Zeldin.
According to Fox News, Suleiman had posted on Twitter and Facebook supporting the “3rd Intifada” during the conflict between Israel and Hamas in 2014.
“God willing on this blessed night as the 3rd Intifada begins, the beginning of the end of Zionism is here. May Allah help us overcome this monster, protect the innocent of the world, and accept the murdered as martyrs.”
Zeldin’s comments came after Pelosi introduced Suleiman to give the opening prayer of the House on Thursday. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) had invited Suleiman to give the prayer.