Trump criticizes Democrats for passing resolution condemning hate
By John Fritze and David Jackson
March 08, 2019 "Information Clearing House" - President Donald Trump has branded as "disgraceful" the resolution passed after Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's comments suggesting House supporters of Israel have dual allegiances. (March 8) AP
President Donald Trump described the Democratic Party as an “anti-Israel party" and an "anti-Jewish party" on Friday and said a House vote condemning hate but not specifically denouncing the remarks of one of its members was “disgraceful.”
The president, speaking at the White House before departing for Alabama, was responding to a question about a vote in the House Thursday to condemn hate after freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota, made comments critical of Israel that detractors said played to anti-Semitic tropes
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“I thought yesterday’s vote by the House was disgrace,” said Trump, who will meet with officials in Alabama on Friday who are working on recovery efforts following last weekend's deadly tornado.
The House resolution drew criticism from some after it was broadened from its original version, which focused solely on denouncing anti-Semitism, to condemning other forms of bigotry against minorities. The resolution passed 407 to 23.
The trouble for the Minnesota Democrat began when The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald tweeted a link to an article that said Republican leaders were considering "action" against Omar for her criticisms of Israel.
"It's stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans," Greenwald tweeted.
"It's all about the Benjamins baby," Omar tweeted in reply. "Benjamins" refers to $100 bills, on which Benjamin Franklin is depicted.
That tweet prompted Forward columnist Batya Ungar-Sargon to reply that she "would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can guess."
"AIPAC!" Omar tweeted in response.
That tweet prompted a chorus of bipartisan condemnation.
Contributing: William Cummings
This article was originally published by "USA Today" -
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