Democrats allow anti-Semitism to spread with their weak resolution

Democrats allow anti-Semitism to spread with their weak resolution
© Stefani Reynolds

Democrats owe the American people an apology after the House passed the watered down resolution against hate speech. Their refusal to directly condemn anti-Semitism in their ranks is shameful and troubling. Instead they continue to downplay comments and make excuses for their peers.

A flurry of top Democrats have come forward in defense of Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBen Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist Trump thanks 'vicious young Socialist Congresswomen' for his poll numbers House expected to vote Wednesday on Green's impeachment effort MORE, including Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries The hidden connection between immigration and health care: Our long-term care crisis Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE, Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE, and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE. Just this week, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Will Trump's racist tweets backfire? Al Green: 'We have the opportunity to punish' Trump with impeachment vote MORE said that Omar “may not understand the full weight of her words.” Make no mistake, Omar knows exactly what she is saying. However, the muted outcry of the Democrats in response to the frequent anti-Semitic tropes from Omar and others should tell us a lot about the seismic anti-Israel shift taking place within their party today.

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The anti-Israel comments are not new. In 2012, Omar tweeted that Israel has “hypnotized the world.” Just a few weeks ago, she argued that members of Congress who support Israel were bought and paid for by Jewish money. Just last week, she accused American supporters of Israel as having an “allegiance to a foreign country.” Time and again we see her deeply held anti-Semitic beliefs on full display. When Omar is called out for her repeated anti-Semitic comments, she pivots to attacking Israel, which, let us be clear, is nothing more than code for anti-Semitism.

Not only do Democrats refuse to directly condemn her comments, their leadership gave her a spot on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the very panel that oversees our diplomatic relationships with, among others, Israel. Our country may give her the right to believe as she would like, but Congress has a duty to ensure that those beliefs do not jeopardize United States national security interests or lead the Israeli people to question our commitment to their nation. It was not long ago that supporting Israel and unequivocally denouncing anti-Semitism was considered to be apolitical. However, Democrats now defend their colleagues who use this rhetoric to attack one of our most steadfast American allies. This cannot be tolerated.

Unfortunately, this trend of anti-Semitic tropes on the left is hardly unique to Omar. Democrats failed to denounce Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonFormer Sanders aides launch consulting firm Minnesota AG will defend state's abortion restrictions despite personal views Hillicon Valley: House panel advances election security bill | GOP senator targets YouTube with bill on child exploitation | Hicks told Congress Trump camp felt 'relief' after release of Clinton docs | Commerce blacklists five Chinese tech groups MORE for his unapologetic associations with Louis Farrakhan, who believes Jews are “satanic” and who once called Adolf Hitler a “very great man.” Democrats seemed to have no issue when their members embraced Linda Sarsour, who chaired the Women’s March and has been accused of anti-Semitism. They said nothing when it was revealed that Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBen Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist Trump thanks 'vicious young Socialist Congresswomen' for his poll numbers House expected to vote Wednesday on Green's impeachment effort MORE wrote a column in favor of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement several years ago in a publication run by Farrakhan himself. It has become incredibly clear that Democrats have allowed anti-Semitism to exist without condemnation.

All anti-Semitic statements need to be condemned by Democrats and Republicans alike. The watered down House resolution serves only as a gateway for anti-Semitic tropes to rage on among the Democrats. Their failure to singularly denounce anti-Semitism will not go unnoticed by Jews and all Americans who have been following along. Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us. Fool us repeatedly, shame on you all.

Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielTrump campaign, RNC raise 8 million in second quarter Trump, RNC announce 5M raised in second quarter Fight night: Democrats set to take the stage for first debate MORE is chairwoman of the Republican National Committee.