Trump calls Democrats 'anti-Jewish' amid Omar-antisemitism fiasco in Congress

Late Thursday night, the house passed a resolution to condemn “antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism, and other forms of bigotry."

March 10, 2019 09:46
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Trump calls Democrats 'anti-Jewish' amid Omar-antisemitism fiasco in Congress

US President Donald Trump speaks during a bilateral meeting with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 26, 2018. (photo credit: CARLOS BARRIA / REUTERS)


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President Donald Trump called the Democratic Party an anti-Jewish and anti-Israel party after the US House of Representatives passed new legislation condemning all forms of hate, on an interview with C-Span.

"Democrats have become an anti-Israel party, and an anti-Jewish party," Trump said on his way to Alabama. "And that's too bad."

Late Thursday night, the house passed a resolution condemning “antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism, and other forms of bigotry,” after freshman members and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) accused their leadership of unfairly targeting Ilhan Omar, a representative from Minnesota, over her recent comments accusing Israel advocates of dual loyalties.

"I thought yesterday’s vote by the House was disgraceful," Trump said. "Because the Democrats have become an anti-Israel party, an anti-Jewish party, and I thought that vote was a disgrace, and so does everyone else if you get an honest answer. If you get an honest answer from politicians they thought it was a disgrace."

US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump has “redefined chutzpah," after Trump slammed the democratic party on Friday.

“For the president, who when neo-Nazis marched in Charlottesville in front of a synagogue and said ‘burn it down’ and he said ‘both sides’ are to blame, this is a new divisive low,” Schumer wrote on Facebook.

The resolution passed 407-23 with Omar's support.

The Somalian-born Muslim renewed controversy over her Israel stance when she questioned “the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country” at an event with supporters. It was the third instance in as many months in which the freshman congresswoman questioned the patriotism of Americans supportive of Israel.

Michael Wilner contributed to this report.

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