The House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a far-reaching resolution condemning anti-Semitism and bigotry, which Democratic leaders brought to a vote in hopes of quelling the uproar that erupted after one of their own, Representative Ilhan Omar, insinuated that backers of Israel exhibit dual loyalty.
“I see everything as an opportunity,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday before the House voted, 407-23, for her resolution. “This is an opportunity once again to declare as strongly as possible opposition to anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim statements,” and “white supremacist attitudes.”
All “no” votes were Republican. Representative Steve King, the Iowa Republican who was stripped of his committee assignments this year after years of bigoted comments, voted present.
The resolution, released hours after Ms. Pelosi spoke, states that “whether from the political right, center, or left, bigotry, discrimination, oppression, racism, and imputations of dual loyalty threaten American democracy and have no place in American political discourse.” It also evokes white supremacist attacks in Charlottesville, Va., Charleston, S.C., and Pittsburgh as well as numerous attacks on Muslims and mosques.
The vote on the carefully-crafted measure — one Democratic aide called it a “kitchen sink resolution” — capped an emotional week for Democrats, who found themselves divided along racial and religious lines as they debated how to respond to Ms. Omar’s remarks. And while Democrats made clear they would vote overwhelmingly in favor of it, the resolution’s all-inclusive approach disappointed some Jewish Democrats, who had pushed for a measure that would solely condemn anti-Semitism…..
The Democratic leader moved to embrace some in the party that had become worried that Republicans where using Rep. Omar’s words to create a divide in the Democratic party…..