Draft text of the resolution was originally written to focus specifically on condemning anti-Semitism, but Democrats later changed the language to make the measure into a much broader condemnation of hate and intolerance of all kinds.
The resolution condemned the charge of dual loyalty against Jewish Americans, stating it "constitutes anti-Semitism because it suggests that Jewish citizens can not be patriotic Americans and trusted neighbors, when Jews have loyally served our Nation every day".
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi defended Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar during a sitdown with The Economic Club in Washington, D.C., on Friday, telling those in attendance that she believed Omar "didn't realize" the "fraught" meaning of her words when the freshman representative questioned US political support for Israel.
"The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party, they've become an anti-Jewish party", he said. Omar, a Somali refugee who resettled in Minnesota, had sparked fiery debate with her repeated criticisms of Israel and how a powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington exerts influence on United States politicians.
The final vote on the resolution was 407 to 23, with 23 Republicans voting no, and all Democrats, including Omar, voting yes.
The vote on the resolution, which was delayed to include Latinos to its list of "traditionally persecuted peoples" targeted by white supremacists, was a reaction to the uproar caused by Minnesota freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar's criticism of Israel. She suggested Israel's supporters were pushing lawmakers to take a pledge of "allegiance" to a foreign country, reviving a trope of dual loyalties.
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She defended the resolution again and insisted it had no intention of "reducing the fight against anti-Semitism".
"The issue for me is we're not condoning anti-Semitism or anti-Muslim sentiment", she said. And with this power, she chose to place a doltish hater of Jews, someone with radical positions and absolutely no relevant experience, on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to appease the growing anti-Israel contingent in her party. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y. "If that member had been a Republican, that member's name would be in this resolution and this resolution would be all about condemning anti-Semitism, and it would be done so forcefully". Critics, including some Democratic colleagues and many Republicans, slammed the statements for invoking harmful tropes about "dual loyalty" and Jews and money.
Pelosi said the broadening of the resolution didn't weaken it in her appearance with The Economic Club. As I have often written before, what you say in such sensitive matters can matter less than what people hear.
Among the Republican dissenters, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, a member of the GOP leadership, called the resolution "a sham put forward by Democrats to avoid condemning one of their own and denouncing vile anti-Semitism".
The US president made the surprising charge on Friday as he boarded Air Force One, when asked by reporters about the vote in the House hours earlier.
"Today is historic on many fronts", they wrote. "Our nation is having a hard conversation".