Pompeo bemoans anti-Semitic language 'even in the great halls of our own Capitol'

Pompeo bemoans anti-Semitic language 'even in the great halls of our own Capitol'
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump's Iran policy proves the primacy of US power — but to what end? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke State Department raises concerns about Sweden's treatment of detained American rapper MORE on Wednesday warned against a "dark wave of anti-Semitism" on the rise in Europe and the U.S. as he met with Israeli leaders.

“Sadly, we in the United States have seen anti-Semitic language uttered even in the great halls of our own Capitol. This should not be," Pompeo said, according to CNN.

He also urged countries in Europe and throughout the Western Hemisphere to "go to the barricades against bigotry."


Pompeo's comment appeared to indirectly refer to recent comments by Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarLA Times editorial board labels Trump 'Bigot-in-Chief' NYT's Friedman repeatedly says 's---hole' in tirade against Trump on CNN Foreign-born lawmaker: Trump's not going to tell me to 'go back to my country' MORE (D-Minn.) that prompted allegations of anti-Semitism.

Omar, who is serving her first term in Congress, sparked criticism after she suggested that lawmakers back Israel because of financial support from a lobbying group.

Omar apologized for the comments, but she later drew further criticism when she accused people who back Israel of pushing allegiance to a foreign country.

The House later passed a broad resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of hate.

Republicans have seized on Omar's comments, and President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump 'Bigot-in-Chief' Trump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates MORE has suggested that Democrats are part of an anti-Jewish party.

Republican lawmakers, however, have come under fire for incendiary comments as well. Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingYoung Turks reporter tricks Steve King into tweeting about 'A Few Good Men' villain Holocaust survivor who offered to tour Auschwitz with Ocasio-Cortez calls for her to 'be removed from Congress' Liz Cheney hits back at Ocasio-Cortez over concentration camp comments: 'This isn't model Congress' MORE (R-Iowa) was stripped of his committee assignments after he questioned to The New York Times how language like "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" became offensive.

Trump will meet next week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.