Pelosi Now BACKS Omar, Says Comments Were Not 'Intentionally Anti-Semitic'

Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar

Hoyer says no date has been set for vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of hate. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise both think Pelosi should remove Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee.

"We can make sure that we speak against anti-Semitism and we have to make sure we speak against Islamophobia", Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, said Wednesday morning.

"My comments were about the process we are using when concerns arise", Hayes said in a statement.

Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Michigan, said, "I think if we're gonna do a resolution, it must be inclusive of all the behavior that we find unacceptable". The House Foreign Affairs Committee was writing the measure, Pelosi said, but she said had no specific timing yet for a vote. This week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., accused Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, of anti-Semitism for a tweet referring to Tom Steyer, a Democratic donor of Jewish descent as "Tom $teyer", and Richmond and several other members mentioned Trump. "But even that version wasn't watered down enough for many Democrats, who also wanted the resolution changed to include other kids of religious bigotry, resulting in a big intraparty disagreement on Tuesday".

The California Republican said he heard on the floor Tuesday evening that Democrats can't pass their antisemitism resolution as written, even though it is not much different from antisemitism language Republicans got Democrats to agree to add to an unrelated measure on U.S. involvement in Yemen.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer also had to contend with multiple questions about Omar at a weekly press briefing on Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol. Asked if the House would still vote, Speaker Pelosi replied, "I'm hoping so, when we are ready". The caucus is resolved to be unresolved for the time being.

"If you're not going to listen to me, I'm done talking", Pelosi said as Hayes turned to talk to another member, before dropping the microphone and leaving the meeting.

A meeting of House Democrats turned contentious Wednesday as some new members who helped deliver the House majority confronted leaders over a resolution implicitly rebuking Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota over her comments on Israel. King was removed from his committee slots. "I am grateful to the many Jewish allies who have spoken out and said the same". "Our party stands strong against racism", said Rep. Jamie Raskin, who is the leadership representative for members who have served five terms or less.

Omar, an African, Muslim, American immigrant, has been under fire for weeks over what has been labeled as anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY and Rashida Tlaib of MI, both tweeted that it was not right to single out Omar given comments by other lawmakers, especially Republicans, that they see as bigoted or prejudiced.

"Of course there is" a double-standard for women of color", Tlaib said.

"You can disagree wholeheartedly, but do not question their patriotism or their loyalty to our country in any way, and that holds for the Republicans as well", she said. They think they can put anti-Semitism on the backburner...because of Trump.

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