‘Leader in Name Only’: Nancy Pelosi Takes Heat for Losing Control of Her Party Over Omar’s Israel Comments

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is in hot water after avoiding speaking definitively against Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) controversial rhetoric.

According to Fox News, some Democratic lawmakers and federal workers are becoming frustrated with Pelosi’s hesitancy to work toward a clear solution.

“Here we are again, fighting with ourselves. I’ve spent another week dealing with this and not on policy,” one anonymous aide told Fox News.

Pelosi recently talked to reporters, saying that Omar’s comments were not malicious.

“I don’t think this is just about comments by Congresswoman Omar, which I do not think were intentionally anti-Semitic,” Pelosi said.

The lawmaker also pointed out that Omar has been a target of racist attacks as well and that the overall situation has encouraged discussion against hateful comments.

“It has raised interest in having some resolution about [denouncing] anti-Semitism, of course, always, anti-Islamaphobia, always, anti-White Supremacy, always,” Pelosi said, according to the Washington Examiner.

When asked about the resolution to formally condemn anti-Semitism, she claimed it was up to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“We will see what the committee comes up with,” Pelosi said. “They have an array of concerns and priorities they are addressing.”

However, many say that her comments don’t do enough to reign in the outspoken Democratic freshman and show that she has lost control of her party:

“After getting pushed around by freshmen reps in the House, it’s clear Pelosi is the leader in name only,” former Democratic New York state Assemblyman Dov Hikind tweeted. “And a feckless one at that. She couldn’t even pass a toothless resolution condemning vile antisemitism.”

The resolution vote has been pushed back in order to broaden it to include other minority groups as well, and it is uncertain when it will be ready for a vote.

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