WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer criticized on Monday U.S. President Donald Trump and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the most senior Republican in the House of Representatives, for anti-Semitic statements. Schumer also denounced Rep. Ilhan Omar, a member of his party, on the same issue.
Speaking at the AIPAC conference in Washington D.C., Schumer denounced Omar’s statements against AIPAC and also referred to McCarthy’s tweet about an alleged attempt by three Jewish billionaires to “buy” the 2018 U.S. midterm election. The New York senator also blasted Trump’s response to far-right violence in Charlottesville, during which the president said there were “good people on both sides.” Schumer said that “we have to call it out,” which was greeted by strong applause from the audience.
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Schumer also pushed back against the notion that Democrats don’t support Israel, stating that “plain and simple, the Democratic party supports Israel and will continue to do so.” His speech came hours after Vice President Mike Pence used the stage to attack the Democrats and promote his own party’s efforts to persuade Jewish American voters to move toward the Republican party.
Pence said that anyone who questions the U.S.-Israel alliance "should not have a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee."
"Eight Democratic presidential contenders are boycotting this conference. It is wrong to boycott Israel and it is wrong to boycott AIPAC," Pence added.