Trump calls House vote on hatred 'disgraceful'

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Published on March 8, 2019 - Duration: 00:42s

Trump calls House vote on hatred 'disgraceful'

President Trump on Friday said the U.S. House vote condemning bigotry was 'disgraceful' and called the Democratic Party an 'anti-Israel' party.

The House resolution came about after remarks by Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar that some viewed as anti-Semitic.

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Trump calls House vote on hatred 'disgraceful'

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Trump on Friday called the U.S. House vote the day before, which approved a resolution condemning bigotry, 'disgraceful' and he called the Democratic Party an 'anti-Israel' party.

The House resolution came about after remarks by Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar that some viewed as anti-Semitic and it exposed an ideological and generational rift in the party.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the broad resolution condemning bigotry on Thursday.

Some Democrats, including several U.S. senators who are seeking the party's 2020 presidential nomination, warned that party leaders were playing into Republicans' hands and had stymied legitimate debate over U.S.-Israel policy.

The House, which is controlled by Democrats, approved the resolution condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination and other forms of bigotry by a 407-to-23 vote.

The vote came less than a week after Representative Ilhan Omar, one of the two first Muslim women elected to Congress, made statements at a Washington event that were denounced by some as anti-Semitic.

The resolution does not mention Omar by name.

But Republicans have seized on Omar's statements and the resulting intra-party conflict as a sign the Democratic Party is fractured.

Many Democrats, in turn, have said House leaders were cowed by a Republican effort to divert attention from bigotry within their own ranks and that Omar is being held to a different standard.

The disagreement began after Omar, in an appearance at a Washington book store, said she feared that statements she and fellow Representative Rashida Tlaib made about foreign policy and the pro-Israel lobbying group the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) would be viewed as anti-Semitic because they are Muslim.

"I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it's OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.

I want to ask why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the NRA (National Rifle Association), of fossil fuel industries or Big Pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobbying group that is influencing policies?" Omar said.

Omar's critics denounced the statement as playing into the anti-Semitic trope that Jewish Americans are loyal to Israel over the United States.

Omar said opposing the policies of Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not synonymous with anti-Semitism.

Omar, in a joint statement issued after Thursday's vote with Tlaib and Representative Andre Carson, a Democrat from Indiana, said "we are tremendously proud to be part of a body that has put forth a condemnation of all forms of bigotry." Omar had previously apologized for February tweets that her critics said suggested Jewish Americans used money to influence pro-Israel U.S. policies.

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