U.S. President Donald Trump slammed House Democrats for not advancing a planned resolution condemning anti-Semitism Wednesday, in the wake of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s controversial statements surrounding Israel in the past week.
Trump tweeted on Wednesday, “It is shameful that House Democrats won’t take a stronger stand against Anti-Semitism in their conference. Anti-Semitism has fueled atrocities throughout history and it’s inconceivable they will not act to condemn it!”
Omar was fiercely criticized by Republicans and some Democrats for suggesting supporters of Israel in the United States demand "allegiance to a foreign country."
Democrats reportedly held a “heated internal meeting” to debate whether or not mention Omar by name. A draft resolution was released Monday that did not specifically name Omar and sparked dissent from the party's progressive wing — arguing for a larger condemnation of bigotry, as opposed to one focused specifically on anti-Semitism.
Trump’s tweet was quickly met with derision as critics argued he was not the best person to make this argument given his past statements regarding white nationalism and anti-Semitic tropes.
Democratic Congressman Jim Himes from Connecticut replied, “Guy who says there were 'good people on both sides' of a Nazi march weighs in. And, as usual, lies....”
The Daily Beast’s Sam Stein wrote, “The guy who tweeted out an image of Hillary Clinton over a Star of David and piles of money, who said Jewish donors controlled pols with their money, and who excused Neo Nazis is DEEPLY worried about Anti-Semitism fueling atrocities.”
Other Twitter users replied with images and video clips from Trump’s other anti-Semitism-related scandals, including one user tweeting a photo of an Esquire headline saying, “The President Is Pushing the Exact Conspiracies Cited by the Pittsburgh Shooter 5 Days After the Attack.”
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