Bennett: Dems' Spat Over Omar's Alleged 'Anti-Semitism' a 'Schism of Fundamental Importance'
Former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett said Tuesday that the growing rift within the Democratic Party over claims of anti-Semitic views by a handful of its members is "a schism of fundamental importance."
As Fox News reported:
Infighting among House Democrats could delay consideration of a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in the wake of controversial comments made by freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., a senior source told Fox News on Tuesday.
There is internal consternation among Democrats about the text of the resolution and whether Omar will be mentioned by name. The latest text being circulated in the House does not mention Omar.
Fox News is told the fighting could jeopardize bringing up the measure this week because there’s a risk it might not pass. Lawmakers had planned to present it on Wednesday.
Bennett said that most Jewish Americans have an "allegiance to Israel and an allegiance to the Democratic Party" -- and that Omar's remarks and those defending them put that allegiance in jeopardy.
Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) called Omar's remarks disturbing and argued that they perpetuated anti-Semitic stereotypes, Bennett noted.
It is disturbing that Rep. Omar continues to perpetuate hurtful anti-Semitic stereotypes that misrepresent our Jewish community. Additionally, questioning support for the U.S.-Israel relationship is unacceptable. (1/2)
— Rep. Juan Vargas (@RepJuanVargas) March 4, 2019
Bennett also noted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) defense of Omar against Vargas' criticism.
"They've got to put a lid on this right away," Bennett said of the rift.
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