Democrats’ cop-out resolution against anti-Semitism is out. It’s even more pitiful than we thought

· March 7, 2019  
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After delays, excuses, and infighting, the text is out for House Democrats’ long-awaited resolution in response to anti-Semitic comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. It’s toothless.

As expected, the language does not mention Omar or directly address or condemn her statements. It wanly calls out “the perpetuation of anti-Semitic stereotypes in the United States and around the world, including the pernicious myth of dual loyalty and foreign allegiance.”

It then goes on to spend multiple sections addressing animus against Muslims and “condemns anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against all minorities.” It also “encourages all public officials to confront the reality of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and other forms of bigotry.”

Putting out this resolution took about the same level of moral courage it takes to declare that the sky is blue or that water is wet.

The reason the measure was called for in the first place was because a member of the House of Representatives made controversial anti-Semitic remarks, and not for the first time. But judging from this measure and without knowing the events of the past week, you’d have to wonder why exactly the House felt the need to say anything about this in the first place. Remember, the resolution condemning the statements Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, made to the New York Times in January mentioned the congressmen in the very first line.

It boggles the mind that Democratic leadership would want to put their fingerprints on such an obvious, pitiful cop-out. It would make sense if the House Republican conference outright refused to vote on this.

The House is scheduled to vote on this later Thursday afternoon.


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Author: Nate Madden

Nate Madden is CRTV’s congressional correspondent. Follow him @NateMaddenCRTV or send tips to [email protected].