Trump Condemns Anti-Semitism Resolution Vote as ‘Disgraceful,’ Calls Democrats ‘The Anti-Israel Party’

By Melanie Arter | March 8, 2019 | 11:22am EST
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 08: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing from the White House on March 8, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is headed to Alabama to survey tornado damage. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

( – President Donald Trump said Friday that the Democrats have become an anti-Israel party, and he called it “disgraceful” that the House has approved a congressional resolution that condemns anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, and “bigotry against minorities” - but does not specifically call out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for her anti-Semitic remarks.

Republicans have criticized the resolution, saying it was “watered down.” The vote was 407-23, with all 23 no votes coming from Republicans.


As reported, the resolution lumped together anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and bigotry targeting “African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other people of color, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and others.”

“I thought yesterday’s vote by the House was disgraceful, because it’s become—the Democrats have become the anti-Israel party. They’ve become an anti-Jewish party, and I thought that vote was a disgrace, and so does everybody else if you get an honest answer,” Trump told reporters Friday before heading to Lee, Ala., to view the devastation from the recent tornadoes.

“If you get an honest answer from politicians, they thought it was a disgrace. The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party. They’ve become and anti-Jewish party, and that’s too bad,” he said.



Trump also expressed disapproval Wednesday – one day before the vote on the resolution – that the Democrats didn’t take a stronger stand against anti-Semitism among its ranks.

“It is shameful that House Democrats won’t take a stronger stand against Anti-Semitism in their conference. Anti-Semitism has fueled atrocities throughout history and it’s inconceivable they will not act to condemn it!” Trump tweeted at the time.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has resisted GOP calls to remove Omar from the House Foreign Affairs over her comments. Instead, she defended Omar, telling reporters Thursday that Omar didn’t understand “the full weight of her words.”

"So I understand how advocates come in (to Congress) with their enthusiasm, but when you cross that threshold in the Congress, your words weigh much more than when you are shouting at somebody outside,” the speaker said.

"And I feel confident that her words were not based on any anti-Semitic attitude, but she didn't have a full appreciation on how they landed on other people, where these words have a history and cultural impact that may have been unknown to her," Pelosi added.

Meanwhile, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted Friday, condemning the Republicans who voted against the resolution.

“Where’s the outrage over the 23 GOP members who voted NO on a resolution condemning bigotry today? Oh, there’s none? Did they get called out, raked over, ambushed in halls and relentlessly asked why not? No? Okay. Got it,” she tweeted.


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