Representative Liz Cheney is firing back at the resolution passed by House on Thursday to condemn hate speech.
The lawmaker was one of 23 Republicans who voted against the resolution, saying that they agreed with the message but that it did not directly address the situation that motivated the resolution.
“Today’s resolution vote was a sham put forward by Democrats to avoid condemning one of their own and denouncing vile anti-Semitism,” Cheney said in a statement to The Daily Wire. “While I stand wholeheartedly against discrimination outlined in this resolution, the language before the House today did not address the issue that is front and center.”
The senator also called the resolution a “sham” in a tweet responding to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) criticism of the 23 Republicans who voted against the measure:
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) March 8, 2019
Cheney claims that Omar’s repeat offenses of insensitive remarks deserved to be called out directly instead of passing a broad resolution.
“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.”
Watch Omar avoid questions about the incident:
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) March 5, 2019
Although Omar has apologized for her comments, she continues to criticize Israel in an insensitive way. Cheney says that Democrats’ reaction to this is a sign that the party has become extremely left-leaning.
“For Democratic leadership to kowtow to their radical members and refuse to offer legislative language that criticizes Rep. Omar’s statements in the strongest possible manner confirms what we already knew: that their party is controlled by far-left extremists who can’t even muster the courage to stand up to blatant anti-Semitism.”
Omar released a statement saying that she appreciated the broad language in the resolution that condemned all hatred toward minorities, but as for Cheney, she says that was not the point of the resolution.
Our nation is having a difficult conversation, but we believe this is great progress. pic.twitter.com/gSua9a8mki
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) March 7, 2019
“This is a sad day for the House and Democrats’ lack of action is fully responsible for bringing us to this unfortunate moment,” Cheney said.