GOP leader needles Dems on anti-Semitism resolution

GOP leader needles Dems on anti-Semitism resolution
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US This week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic For city parks: Pass the Great American Outdoors Act now MORE (R-Ky.) in a floor speech on Thursday needled House Democrats on their struggles to agree to a resolution condemning anti-Semitism.

McConnell has repeatedly spoken about the House resolution, underscoring how Republicans are enjoying playing to the divide in the Democratic conference.

McConnell said he “took for granted” that House Democrats would be able to pass the resolution condemning anti-Semitism following controversial remarks by freshman Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarCity leaders, Democratic lawmakers urge Trump to tamp down rhetoric as protests rage across US Omar: Trump has failed to understand the 'pain and anguish many of his citizens are feeling' Sunday shows - George Floyd's death, protests bump COVID-19 from headlines MORE (D-Minn.). 

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Omar last week said she wanted to talk “about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” referring to Israel.

The remarks were criticized by lawmakers who said Omar was playing into anti-Semitic arguments that Jewish Americans are loyal to Israel and not the United States.

“I took for granted as a result House Democrats would at least, at least make good on their plan to symbolically condemn anti-Semitism. … I at least assumed a few pages of symbolism was not too much to ask,” McConnell said. 

McConnell added that within the House's "new far-left Democratic majority, even a symbolic, symbolic resolution condemning anti-Semitism seems to be a bridge too far." 

Shortly after McConnell's remarks, House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerKey races to watch in Tuesday's primaries Overnight Defense: Democrats expand probe into State IG's firing | House schedules late June votes with defense bill on deck | New Navy secretary sworn in House scheduled to return for votes in late June MORE (D-Md.) announced that the House would vote on a resolution Thursday that broadly condemned hate.

Democrats have brushed off criticism from McConnell, arguing the GOP leader has remained silent about comments from President TrumpDonald John TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest MORE

“When has he ever said anything about the hateful remarks that continue to float out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.? When has he ever said anything about that? So, we're not going to be lectured by Mitch McConnell on anything, and that shameless behavior must be discontinued,” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesGun control group rolls out House endorsements Pelosi: George Floyd death is 'a crime' Tara Reade's attorney asks Biden to authorize search of his Senate papers MORE (N.Y.) told reporters.

Asked about McConnell tying a rise in anti-Semitism to the House Democratic Caucus, Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Montana barrels toward blockbuster Senate fight Federal judges should be allowed to be Federalist Society members MORE (D-N.Y.) added: “Okay, why doesn't Senator McConnell talk about the people … who marched on a synagogue and chanted burn it down and then Donald Trump said both sides are to blame?”