House Democrats are denouncing the remarks of one of their own members on pro-Israel group AIPAC. Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has faced sharp criticism for tweeting that the group purchases support for Israel in Congress and for retweeting a slur calling Jews “Hook-nosed.” Upon urging by Jewish Democratic members of the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement saying, “Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception.” It’s unclear as yet whether any real penalties will come, as happened when Republicans rebuked controversial statements by Iowa Rep. Steve King.
The House on Tuesday approved a resolution rejecting white supremacy and white nationalism—the vote was 424 to 1. The vote came on the heels of GOP Rep. Steve King’s recent comments to a newspaper that many have deemed as racist. King said the quotes have been taken out of context, but House leaders have already stripped him of his committee assignments and calls for his resignation are growing louder.
Rep. Steve King of Iowa is facing the music after a string of controversial comments on race and white supremacy. The Iowa Republican has been stripped of his committee assignments after he made what were described as racist comments to The New York Times last week. In the interview, King asked, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said if King doesn’t see why his comments would be offensive, he “should find a new line of work.”