Apparently, rank-and-file Democrats aren’t too happy about a resolution to condemn freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for her latest anti-Semitic statements. A House vote on the resolution has been delayed over the measure’s language, which appears to become softer by the day.
As the power of the far-left progressive wing of the Democratic party grows, Speaker Pelosi’s control has waned. Last month, Pelosi referred to Omar’s statements as “deeply offensive anti-Semitic comments.” This week, she called them “not intentionally anti-Semitic.”
The reason for Pelosi’s backpedaling is intimidation by AOC, whose rise in the Democratic party has been meteoric. AOC’s influence in the House will soon, if it hasn’t already, eclipse that of Pelosi.
The resolution does not mention Omar’s name, “which was a non-starter for many members of the Congressional Black Caucus.” One member told Fox News they were concerned that security threats against Omar would increase if her name was included. She should have thought about that before opening her mouth.
It has also been expanded to include condemnation of anti-Islamic bigotry.
As the debate continues, the measure grows broader. With each new change, the resolution’s original purpose becomes more obscured.
After a meeting of House Dems erupted into chaos on Wednesday, Pelosi said, “Well if you’re not going to listen to me, I’m done talking,” and walked out.
“Here we are again, fighting with ourselves. I’ve spent another week dealing with this and not on policy,” a House Democratic aide told Fox News.
Former Sen. Norm Coleman (D-MN), currently the National Chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition, spoke to Fox News‘ Shannon Bream last night and said:
I think Pelosi is facing pressure from the left…Omar is an anti-Semite. Not everyone who criticizes Israel is an anti-Semite…But if you have someone who repeatedly issues, traffics in the classic tropes, ‘Jews control politicians with money. They control the media and they have dual loyalties.’ That person is an anti-Semite. So that’s what you have. Nancy Pelosi originally criticized it and then had to step back because the far left is pushing back. Unfortunately, that is the base of the Democratic Party today.
Bream read a headline from a Washington Post story about the meeting, “House Democrats Erupt In Fury Wednesday, Challenging Leaders Over Indirectly Sanctioning Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar…” She asked guest Zudhi Jasser, the President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, to comment on why House Dems can’t get it together in a unified voice on this issue. Jasser said:
That tells you that the Pelosi-Hoyer leadership – they’ll sacrifice anything at the altar of identity politics and at the end of the day, we see happening in Congress where the UN went which is the Red-Green Axis. You have the coalition of the far left socialists of the world, the dictators that are socialists, along with the Islamists, and sacrificed is the Jewish community. I have to tell you that as an American Muslim, it is offensive to me that she’s [Omar] not held to the same standards. If she was not Muslim, there would have been unanimous rebuke and it would not have been an issue, but she’s being coddled and infantilized and we’re not being treated as equals.
I would ask the Democrats to look at the State Department’s report on what new anti-Semitism is. The new definition of anti-Semitism is – the generalizations about Israel is to make the Jewish community appear in a bigoted way to generalize in conspiracy theories, all the things she’s trafficking in are canards of tropes of bigotry against the Jewish community that is classic new-anti-Semitism. And the Democrats are making fools out of themselves by not taking the bull by the horns and teaching her what anti-Semitism is.
The entire segment, which can be viewed on the video above, is interesting. They go on to discuss the comment made by Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) who is a former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. “I think there’s a big rise in anti-Semitism and racism and that’s a bigger conversation we need to be having, but it starts at 1600 Pennsylvania. It doesn’t start with one member out of 435 members of Congress.”
Coleman said Richmond’s remarks were “an attempt to avoid dealing with the reality they have in front of them.”
Of course, President Trump weighed in on the issue:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2019
One senior House Democrat told Fox that there were “age-old” tensions between Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer as well. He characterized their differences by saying, “He’s more AIPAC. She’s more J Street. The caucus is more J Street these days.” Both are powerful, pro-Israel lobbying organizations.
So far, two 2020 candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination have defended Omar. Bernie Sanders said:
Anti-Semitism is a hateful and dangerous ideology which must be vigorously opposed in the United States and around the world,” Sanders wrote. “We must not, however, equate anti-Semitism with legitimate criticism of the right-wing, Netanyahu government in Israel. Rather, we must develop an even-handed Middle East policy which brings Israelis and Palestinians together for a lasting peace. What I fear is going on in the House now is an effort to target Congresswoman Omar as a way of stifling that debate. That’s wrong.
Elizabeth Warren said, “Branding criticism of Israel as automatically anti-Semitic has had a chilling effect on our public discourse and makes it harder to achieve a peaceful solution between Israelis and Palestinians.”
The Democrat’s sharp left turn has created fissures within the party. As the far-left wing tries to displace the old guard, the party struggles to present a united front. This will become more challenging as their ideological differences widen. As the tension among them grows, it will be increasingly more difficult for them to hide. Certainly, it will be interesting to watch. Kind of a welcome change from their post-midterm gloating too.