WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Rep. lIhan Omar and a House resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other bigotry (all times local):
President Donald Trump has branded as “disgraceful” the resolution passed after Democratic Rep. lIhan Omar’s comments suggesting House supporters of Israel have dual allegiances.
The House on Thursday passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other bigotry.
Democrats wrestled for days about whether or how to punish Omar, a freshman from Minnesota who’s one of two Muslim women in Congress. They argued over whether Omar should be singled out, what other types of bias should be decried in the text and whether the party would tolerate dissenting views on Israel.
Before leaving to survey tornado damage in Alabama, Trump told reporters Friday the Democrats have become an “anti-Israel” and “anti-Jewish” party.
Omar has praised the vote as condemning “anti-Muslim bigotry.”
Some Democrats complain Omar’s comments on Israel ignited this debate but Trump’s racially charged rhetoric has led to no similar congressional action.
The House has passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other bigotry. Democrats are trying to push past a dispute that has overwhelmed their agenda and exposed fault lines that could shadow them through next year’s elections.
The one-sided 407-23 vote belied the emotional infighting over how to respond to freshman Rep. lIhan Omar’s recent comments suggesting House supporters of Israel have dual allegiances. For days, Democrats wrestled with whether or how to punish the Minnesota lawmaker, arguing over whether Omar, one of two Muslim women in Congress, should be singled out, what other types of bias should be decried in the text and whether the party would tolerate dissenting views on Israel.
Republicans generally joined in the favorable vote, though nearly two-dozen opposed the measure, one calling it a “sham.”
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