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 PompeoHillicon Valley: Agencies play catch-up over TikTok security concerns | Senate Dems seek sanctions on Russia over new election meddling | Pentagon unveils AI principles Senate Democrats urge Trump administration to impose sanctions on Russia for election interference President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks 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 OmarSanders unveils plan for government-funded child care, pre-K Ilhan Omar accuses Meghan McCain of trafficking in 'anti-Muslim smears and hate speech' Sanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group 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 TrumpTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals 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 KingMother of child in viral meme sends Steve King cease-and-desist for using image in fundraising Nebraska Democratic Party Chair: Rural vote should be 'bedrock' of party With surge in anti-Semitism, political leaders need to be aggressive and reflective in response 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.