Dem Rep. Garamendi: 'Certainly Should Be a Vote' Condemning Anti-Semitism
A California Democratic Congressman said Wednesday on "The Story" that there should be a formal vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, after such a measure was abruptly cancelled by Democratic leadership in the House this week.
The controversy comes in the wake of perceptibly anti-Semitic comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minneapolis.
"I want to talk about the political influence in this country that say it is OK [to] push for allegiance to a foreign country," Omar said in recently recorded remarks.
Martha MacCallum added that Omar has tweeted controversial things about Israel in the past, such as support thereof being "all about the Benjamins, baby" and that the Jewish State has "hypnotized the world."
Rep. John Garamendi, of suburban Sacramento, said that he believes there will eventually be a vote condemning all anti-Semitism, as well as discriminatory actions or statements toward any religious group.
"There is no place in America and certainly no place in this world for anti-Semitism," Garamendi said, without specifying Omar by name. "We need to push back on this."
He said that everyone in America, including in government, should "watch their language" and the words they use.
"Words do carry weight," he said, adding in response to another question from MacCallum that it is unnecessary to explicitly name Omar in any resolution.
Garamendi said he is seriously concerned about the discourse in America in recent years and said that the "Democratic party that I know... is very concerned about language that is construed ... to be anti-Jewish."
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