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 McConnellOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives To avoid November catastrophe, Democrats have to KO Sanders 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 OmarOmar offers sneak peek at her forthcoming memoir Sanders unveils plan for government-funded child care, pre-K Ilhan Omar accuses Meghan McCain of trafficking in 'anti-Muslim smears and hate speech' 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 HoyerVulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket Trump names Pence to lead coronavirus response Trump administration to cut funds from health programs to pay for coronavirus response 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 TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes 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 JeffriesLawmakers trade insults over Trump budget cuts On The Money: Fed chief warns Congress on deficits | Trump blames Powell after Dow dips slightly | Trump withdraws nomination of former US attorney for Treasury post Jeffries: Trump budget is a 'declaration of war on the American dream' 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 SchumerTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Democratic mega-donor reaching out to Pelosi, Schumer in bid to stop Sanders: report Trump administration freezes funding for study of hurricane barriers: report 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?”