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.”
After getting pushed around by freshmen reps in the House, it’s clear Pelosi is the leader in name only. And a feckless one at that.
She couldn’t even pass a toothless resolution condemning vile antisemitism.
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) March 7, 2019
Pretty obvious who's running the party at this point, and it ain't Pelosi https://t.co/BWmsfDgtWB
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 6, 2019
Watching Pelosi deal with this is like watching Boehner & MConnell deal with Ted Cruz, except there are 4 of him and all 4 are raging anti-semites. She’s lost the party.
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) March 6, 2019
It's amazing to see someone as skilled and experienced as Pelosi get completely outmatched by a bunch of first term House reps who refuse to condemn antisemitism within the party.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) March 7, 2019
So with the failure to hold Omar accountable for her repeat anti-Semitic Tweet storms, Nancy Pelosi has shown she’s lost control of the House — and her party. Meet the new Democrats/Socialists.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 6, 2019
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.