WASHINGTON – On Thursday, Parliament adopted a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry. The resolution, written by House Democrats, began as an implicit response to comments by representative Ilhan Omar, the Democrat in Minnesota, who was widely considered anti-Semitic, but when some Democrats protested against her, the resolution was extended to condemn other forms of hatred.
Earlier this year, House Republicans unanimously approved a resolution condemning white nationalism and white supremacy after representative Steve King, Republican Iowa, asked when the term “white supremacy” had become controversial, capping years of bigoted comments that had become unpunished.
Here’s their answer:
“The frustration on the Republican side was that they watered the change,” representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the Republican leader, said at a press conference on Friday. (McCarthy voted for the resolution, one of his supreme lieutenants, representative Liz Cheney voted against it.)
Representative Andy Biggs of Arizona
“We are here today because a member of this body issued a series of anti-Semitic statements,” said Mr Biggs on a floor talk on Thursday.
He spoke of the difference between justice and mercy and added: “We now have a pattern and we begin to wonder how we exercise grace when justice is crying to one who is anti-Semitic. It does not help democratic leaders to try to rationalize and protect it this person. “
In 2016, Bigg’s eyebrows aroused when he accused the Jewish philanthropist George Soros of purchasing a local election lawyer.
“Anti-Semitism cannot be compared to any other hat speech without marginalizing the history of Jewish repression,” he said. “I will not vote to overlook the anti-Semitism that has been covered by democratic leadership.”
Representative Ted Budd in North Carolina
Mr.. Budd replied to Twitter, saying he voted against the resolution as it failed to name Ms Omar or list his comments.
Representative Michael C. Burgess of Texas
Legislation, Burgess said in a statement, “Do not oppose the anti-Semitism that has been exhibited in the US House of Representatives.”
Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming
Perhaps the most striking “no” voice came from Cheney, No. 3 Republican, because of her role as President of Parliament’s Republican Conference.
“Today’s resolution vote was a shame presented by Democrats to avoid condemning one of their own and condemning wild anti-Semitism,” Cheney said in a statement after the vote.
Mr.. Collins was re-elected in November even after he was accused of insider trading. He has had a low profile, but after his “no” vote he took Twitter.
“After reading the final resolution, I did not feel strong enough to support Israel, the only true democracy in the Middle East, and that is why I voted no,” says Collins.
Representative K. Michael Conaway in Texas
Mr Conaway said in a statement that House Democrats “must take bigotry of all kinds seriously, not just bodies that fit their progressive liberal agenda.”
Representative Rick Crawford of Arkansas
“If Democrat leaders wanted specifically addressing anti-Semitism and a member of their conference who has repeatedly made anti-Semitic comments, says Crawford on Twitter. “This resolution failed in almost every way.”
Mr. Gosar lifted eyebrows after the deadly white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Va., In 2017, when he said “an Obama sympathizer” – funded by Soros – “started the rally” and then repeated the claim that Mr Soros “turned in his own people to the Nazis . “
Representative Tom Graves of Georgia
Mr. Graves criticized the resolution in a statement like “a sham vote” that failed to directly address Ms Omar or her remarks.
Representative Peter T. King of New York
Mr. King complained on Twitter that the resolution was weakened by political correctness and said it was a “sad day for the congress.”
“Victory for hate language!”, He added.
Representative Doug LaMalfa in California
In a statement to The New York Times, Mr LaMalfa said that the resolution – which he called a “last-minute politically-driven catchall smorgasbord” – was a disgust for the message It should be sent on the anti- Jewish, anti-Israel rhetoric. “
Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky
Mr. Massie joined his colleagues to criticize the scope of the action and asked on Twitter:” Now that the resolution protects almost every group on the planet, we can add “children on the birthday” as a protected class? “ Representative Steven M. Palazzo of Mississippi
A spokesman for Palazzo did not respond to a request for comment.
Representative Mike Rogers of Alabama
” The House Democrats had the opportunity to make a strong statement against this confusing bigotry by condemning hateful statements, “Rogers says in a statement.” Instead, they fell to their radical socialist base and took no meaningful action. “
Representative Chip Roy of Texas
Mr. Roy described the resolution in a statement as “a sham cover vote designed to avoid dealing with a heavy member.”
Representative Greg Steube in Florida
I e According to Steube, the statement said the resolution should have mentioned Ms Omar with the name and context of her remarks.
Representative Mark Walker in North Carolina
In a statement, Walker said it was a “spinless dissolution” that “sealed a politician spreading hatred and anti-Semitism”.
Representative Ted Yoho of Florida
“It was a very thorough vote,” said Mr. Yoho in an interview on Friday. “They did everything they could to not condemn the one who came out. So I think it was just a show voice.”
Representative Lee Zeldin in New York
In a word speech on Thursday, Zeldin asked why Ms Omar was not named in the resolution and noted that she had not apologized for her recent comments. (She apologized for other remarks as anti-Semitic.)
“Why would she be more urged to completely refuse an apology?” He asked in a floor talk. “I don’t think she is naive. I think she knows exactly what she is doing.”
Sheryl Gay Stolberg contributed to reporting.