Ilhan Omar 'Tremendously Proud' of Anti-Hate Bill for Highlighting Islamophobia
The Democrat shared the statement on Twitter '...saying this is great progress.'
Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is currently under fire her recent anti-Semitic remarks, released a statement with Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Andre Carson celebrating the passage of the resolution condemning 'all hate.'
Omar shared the statement on Twitter, saying, “Our nation is having a difficult conversation, but we believe this is great progress.”
But the resolution was originally planned to condemn anti-Semitism as Omar doubled down on a statement that caused outrage amongst those who branded it as antisemitic.
Omar questioned if some members of Congress have a “dual loyalty” to both the U.S. and Israel.
But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has defended Omar insisting her recent series of recent tweets were "intentionally anti-Semitic."
The resolution, which passed 407-23, failed to mention Omar by name but included language condemning all hate.
“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.
“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 a great process.”
Our nation is having a difficult conversation, but we believe this is great progress. pic.twitter.com/gSua9a8mki— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) March 7, 2019
The 23 members of the House that voted against the bill were Republicans.
“If a Republican Member were 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, 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.”
The resolution included hate of other races, ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent out a desperate email to her supporters before Thursday's House vote on the resolution, claiming an influential Jewish group is “coming after” her and her allies Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.
The fundraising email claimed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is attempting to single out the liberal lawmakers for Omar's recent remarks on questioning the United States relationship with Israel.
“It’s official – AIPAC is coming after Alexandria, Ilhan and Rashida,” the email referred to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
According to a report from The Times of Israel: US House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn also came under fire from the Anti-Defamation League for suggesting that Omar had a “more personal” relationship to suffering than the descendants of Holocaust survivors because she is a refugee from war-torn Somalia.