White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders returned to the briefing room to level Democrats over their response to comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) that many found to be anti-Semitic.
Omar continues to face accusations of anti-Semitism after repeated comments accusing supporters of Israel of being money hungry and having loyalty to another country. Prior to her election, she also claimed that Jews had “hypnotized the world.” All of these attacks fall into the definition of anti-Semitism, as described by the U.S. Department of State.
President Donald Trump and other Republicans have condemned Omar several times, but some Democrats have been more hesitant. This was demonstrated in a House resolution that began as a way to condemn anti-Semitism and ended as — what some Republican lawmakers called — a “watered-down” condemnation of general bigotry that didn’t even include Omar’s name. Omar still remains on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
During the White House press briefing, Sanders fielded questions about Trump’s views on Democrats after it was reported that he said he believes they “hate Jewish people.” In her response, Sanders compared the situation with Omar to the situation Republicans faced after racist comments were made by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).
Watch the video below:
On Pres. Trump calling Democrats "anti-Jewish" following House resolution opposing hate, Sarah Sanders tells @jonkarl "remarks…made by a number of Democrats" should be "called by name. It shouldn't be put in a watered-down resolution." https://t.co/YyzeDm2QJf pic.twitter.com/5qNvhmHZlI
— ABC News (@ABC) March 11, 2019
“The president’s been an unwavering and committed ally to Israel and the Jewish people, and frankly, the remarks that have been made by a number of Democrats and failed to be called out by Democrat leadership is, frankly, abhorrent, and it’s sad, and it’s something that should be called by name. It shouldn’t be put in a watered-down resolution. It should be done the way the Republicans did it when Steve King made terrible comments. We called it out by name, we stripped him of his committee memberships, and we’d like to see Democrats follow suit.”
Sanders pointed to statements released from the White House and the swift response from House Republican leadership as examples of what Democrats should be doing, but that wasn’t enough of an answer for CNN reporter Jim Acosta.
Acosta followed up again to confirm whether Trump believes Democrats hate Jewish people, adding that he believes the harsh comments from the president are “beneath everybody.”
Sanders was quick to respond, claiming that Democrats were more successful in coming together to protect late-term abortions than they were in condemning Omar’s comments.
Sarah Sanders on hypocrisy within the Democratic Party:
"They're comfortable ripping a baby from a mother's womb or killing a baby after birth, but they have a hard time condemning comments like the ones from @IlhanMN. That's a great shame." pic.twitter.com/i72rDxvb6t
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 11, 2019
“The real shame in all of this is that Democrats are perfectly capable of coming together and agreeing on the fact that they’re comfortable ripping babies straight from a mother’s womb or killing a baby after birth, but they have a hard time condemning the type of comments from Congresswoman Omar. I think that is a great shame.”
Omar has yet to apologize for her latest comments and continues to sit on the Foreign Affairs Committee.