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 McConnellConservatives wage assault on Mueller report Overnight Energy: Interior reverses decision at heart of Zinke criminal probe | Dem divisions deepen over approach to climate change | GM to add 400 workers to build electric cars Trump: Green New Deal 'the most preposterous thing' and 'easy to beat' 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 OmarTrump to speak to GOP Jewish group amid anti-Semitism spat with Dems Dems seek to stifle primary challenges to incumbents Trump on 2020 Dems skipping AIPAC: 'I think they're anti-Jewish' 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 HoyerOvernight Defense: Top Marine warns border deployment could hurt readiness | McSally aims for sexual assault reforms in defense bill | House to vote on measure opposing transgender ban | New warning over F-35 sale to Turkey House Dems unveil measure to reject anti-Israel boycotts House to vote on measure opposing transgender military ban 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 TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report 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 JeffriesPelosi, Dems plot strategy after end of Mueller probe Bipartisan think tank to honor lawmakers who offer 'a positive tenor' GOP leader needles Dems on anti-Semitism resolution 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 Schumer4 in 5 Americans say they support net neutrality: poll GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar 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?”