President Donald Trump flamed House Democrats after the chamber voted on a resolution condemning nearly all forms of religious phobia spawned by highly-contentious comments made by Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, before departing Friday for Alabama.
“I thought yesterday’s vote by the house was disgraceful,” Trump said, adding “the Democrats have become an anti-Israel party. They have become anti-Jewish and I thought that vote was a disgrace and so does everybody else if you get an honest answer.”
“The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party. They have become anti-Jewish party. And that’s too bad,” Trump continued.
Trump’s comments come after the House voted to pass a Democratic-sponsored resolution, which condemns bigotry. The resolution was originally intended to target Omar’s recent comments saying that members of Congress are pushed to pledge allegiance to Israel, interpreted by many as an anti-semitic trope. (RELATED: Democratic Rebuke Against Anti-Semitism Becomes Resolution Against Everything Else)
“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” Omar said. “I want to ask why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the NRA, of fossil fuel industries or Big Pharma and not talk about a powerful lobbying group that is influencing policies?”
The resolution, however, was watered down by Democratic leaders to condemn bigotry in all forms and did not name Omar specifically. Nearly two dozen Republicans voted against the resolution on the grounds that it was watered down from its original intent to condemn Omar’s remarks specifically.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said in a statement afterwards “a watered-down condemnation of hate does little to alleviate the hurt caused by Rep. Omar’s continuous anti-Semitic rhetoric and beliefs,” adding “this diluted condemnation only highlights the real problem in the Democrat caucus: Speaker Pelosi awarded a known anti-Semite with a coveted spot on the Foreign Affairs Committee.”