Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar released a statement Thursday with Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Andre Carson that celebrated the passage of the resolution condemning hate.
The resolution was initially intended to condemn anti-Semitism, specifically in response to Omar doubling down on a statement that many considered to be anti-Semitic. Last week, she questioned if some members of Congress have a “dual loyalty” to the U.S. and Israel. (RELATED: Omar’s Experiences Are ‘More Personal’ Than Children Of Holocaust Survivors)
“Today is historic on many fronts. It’s the first time we have voted on a resolution condemning Anti-Muslim bigotry in our nation’s history. Anti-Muslim crimes have increased 99% from 2014-2016 and are still on the rise,” the statement began. (RELATED: Omar’s Experiences Are ‘More Personal’ Than Children Of Holocaust Survivors)
“We are tremendously proud to be a part of a body that has put forth a condemnation of all forms of bigotry including anti-Semitism, racism, and white supremacy,” it continued. “At a time when extremism is on the rise, we must explicitly denounce religious intolerance of all kinds and acknowledge the pain felt by all communities. Our nation is having a difficult conversation and we believe this is great process.”
All 23 members of the House that voted against the bill were Republicans.
“If a Republican Member was pushing the anti-Semitism that Rep. Omar keeps peddling, this resolution would name names, and be solely, emphatically focused on anti-Semitism and that member would be removed from their committee assignments,” Republican New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, who voted against the bill, said in a statement to The Daily Caller. “The double standard motivating this decision by the Speaker and the moral equivalency filling this watered-down text is spineless and disgusting.”