The 'Squad' Votes Against Resolution Condemning Hamas Terror, 'Complete Disgrace'

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Nine far-left House Democrats voted against a resolution Wednesday that declared U.S. support for Israel and condemned the horrific October 7 terror attacks against the Jewish state by the political and military group Hamas. 


The resolution was called "Standing with Israel as it defends itself against the barbaric war launched by Hamas and other terrorists." 

My colleague Jeff Charles reported Wednesday that the statement was the first item on incoming House Speaker Mike Johnson's agenda and that "the Squad" would predictably wail and gnash their teeth. They more than lived up to their reputation. 

The non-binding measure passed easily, however, despite their protestations:

H.R. 771, which reaffirms America's support for Israel as it responds to the attack, received overwhelming bipartisan support and passed by a vote of 412-10 with six members voting present.

The 10 members voting against the resolution included six of the eight "Squad" members: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., Summer Lee, D-Pa., and Cori Bush, D-Mo. They were joined by Reps. André Carson, D-Ind., Al Green, D-Texas, and Delia Ramirez, D-Ill.

The remaining two "Squad" members, Reps. Greg Casar, D-Texas, and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., were joined by Reps. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y., Jesús "Chuy" Garcia, D-Ill., and Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., in voting present.

One Republican, Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., voted against the resolution over concerns it could deepen the conflict, but explicitly condemned the attack by Hamas and affirmed Israel's right to defend itself unlike some members of the "Squad."


Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO), chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, eviscerated them on Fox News's Brian Kilmeade show Thursday evening:

Those nine Democrats are a complete disgrace. Cori Bush comes from my home state. She advocates for defunding the police. The city she represents, in my home state, per capita, has more murders than anywhere else in the United States. 

These people are not rational. They want to destroy our society and they promote propaganda that is as fake news as you possibly can find. 

The fact that they're harboring and supporting terrorists who have killed more Jewish people since the Holocaust is absolutely unacceptable and these people do not deserve to serve in the halls of Congress. [Emphasis mine.]

Watch (Smith's comments regarding the Squad start at the 9:40 mark):

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) explained her vote to give the terrorists a pass and essentially blame Israel for the carnage:

"I have and continue to denounce the killing of civilians, no matter their faith or ethnicity," she wrote. "Targeting civilians is a war crime, no matter who does it. Do not confuse my vote against this one-sided resolution with a lack of empathy for all those who are grieving. I voted against this resolution because it is a deeply incomplete and biased account of what is happening in Israel and Palestine, and what has been happening for decades."


Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) also tried to explain away her refusal to condemn terrorism:

Her weak explanation continued:

She writes, "I'm committed to peace and a prompt ceasefire. While the resolution rightly acknowledges and mourns the lives taken by Hamas, I cannot support a resolution that fails to acknowledge and mourn the lives of Palestinians taken by the Israeli military. "The resolution also fails to acknowledge the Israeli government's military bombardment of Gaza, especially after Israeli officials openly admitted to implementing collective punishment of Palestinians in Gaza. "Our position should be consistent in defending innocent lives. We must use diplomacy to secure the release of hostages, end the violence by negotiating a ceasefire, restore water, food, and fuel to Gaza, and work toward lasting peace. "My unwavering commitment to human rights and peace compels me to oppose any action that perpetuates a crisis that has already ended many lives. "For this reason, I cast my vote against House Resolution 771."


Her "unwavering commitment to human rights and peace" doesn't take into account the fact that Israel was brutally attacked, evidently. 

The Squad has responded shamefully to the unprovoked savagery unleashed by Hamas against Israel, and their antisemitic rants have caused outrage from all sides. As my colleague Duke wrote recently, "Let Rashida Tlaib speak all she wants," because the more she opens her mouth, the more she and her fellow Squad members expose themselves as the morally bankrupt extremists they are.


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