Rep. Zeldin Explains 'No' Vote on 'Watered Down,' 'Spineless' Anti-Hate Resolution
Resolution did not mention Rep. Omar by name.
The House on Thursday passed a resolution that called out bigotry of all kinds without directly condemning Rep. Ilhan Omar for allegedly anti-Semitic remarks.
Omar (D-Minn.) drew strong criticism in recent weeks for her remarks about Israel and U.S. support of the Jewish state.
The final vote on the resolution was 407 to 23, with 23 Republicans voting no, and all Democrats, including Omar, voting yes.
One of the "no" votes was Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), who slammed the resolution as "watered down."
H.Res.183 was spineless, watered down & filled w moral equivalency & double standards. Watch my floor speech explaining my NO vote to this resolution. Name names & remove Rep Omar from @HouseForeign. No double standards! pic.twitter.com/Rj17P6MHFI
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) March 7, 2019
On "America's Newsroom" Friday, Zeldin said that the resolution should have named specific names and that Omar should have lost her seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
"It was watered down, it was spineless, it was unfortunately filled with moral equivalency and double standards," Zeldin said of the resolution, which was initially supposed to condemn anti-Semitic hate before it was expanded to address bigotry of all kinds.
He argued that if it was a Republican being accused of anti-Semitism, that lawmaker's name would be in the resolution and they would lose their seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee.
"Unfortunately, that double standard is a problem. It shouldn't be, but that's the reality," Zeldin said, noting that Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) was stripped of his committee memberships after he made controversial comments about white supremacy.
President Trump condemned the vote in remarks outside the White House Friday morning, calling Democrats "an anti-Israel [and] anti-Jewish party."
"I thought yesterday's vote by the House was disgraceful," he said.