House Democrats Back Down on Consequences for Ilhan Omar Comments After Anti-Semitism Motion Passes

On Monday it was announced that a proposal to take direct action against anti-semitism had been proposed after many in the media and public decried Ilhan Omar for what were considered anti-Semitic remarks.

Though the resolution condemning anti-semitism in the house passed with a majority of the vote, lawmakers are up in the air when it comes to direct action against Omar and her position in government.

Congresswoman Omar was rebuked by many after she claimed that many lawmakers in Congress supported Israel due to money and that many in Congress had been influenced by AIPAC, an American Pro-Israel lobbying group.

Members of Congress such as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have both made appearances at AIPAC conferences, and last year an undercover investigation by Al-Jazeera news alleged to reveal illegal actions and back-door deals between Israeli lobbyists and politicians.

Many members of Congress took to Twitter to reject Omar’s remarks, but some on the left sought to support her as well, including fellow freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who tweeted “If House leadership is creating a standard & committing to calling a resolution for every incident – whether it’s the Congressional Black Caucus, CHC, etc, then that’s a clear way to address the issue & we can all understand. But if they’re not, I think it’s valid to ask why not.”

On Wednesday, however, the Washington Post reported that talks regarding floor action against Omar herself had since broken down, with many in the Congressional Black Caucus coming to the congresswoman’s defense, putting any further action on hold indefinitely.

President Trump also responded to the controversy, tweeting that “Representative Ilhan Omar is again under fire for her terrible comments concerning Israel. Jewish groups have just sent a petition to Speaker Pelosi asking her to remove Omar from Foreign Relations Committee. A dark day for Israel!”

As of today, no action has been taken against Omar directly in Congress.



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