If Rep. Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic comments haven’t done enough damage to her reputation, those same comments are now causing a widening rift among Democrats.
Originally, a resolution was quickly drafted to condemn instances of hate speech like what Omar has consistently uttered. But as outside progressive groups bear down on Democrats, the weak willed party is starting to fold by pushing back the vote on the resolution.
Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Rep. Hakeem Jeffries claims justified the move saying that, “People are working through the draft. Not everyone has seen the draft. I support the notion that we need to respond, and we’re figuring out the appropriate way to respond.”
The sentiment was echoed by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, “We’re still discussing it. The sentiment is that it ought to be broad-based. What we’re against is hate, prejudice, bigotry, white supremacy, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism. Yes, we’re strongly against anti-Semitism, but we’re strongly against prejudice directed at any group.”
While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has suggested that the vote may take place next week, Democratic insiders warn that the resolution that gets presented may be entirely new from the one previously touted.
For once, hopefully Democrats will stick to their guns and put forth a meaningful resolution that completely condemns such attacks.