House Judiciary Committee Member Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Friday that there should be no confusion as to why he and a handful of other Republicans voted against the anti-hate resolution in Congress.

Gohmert said that Congress "needed to take on the anti-Semitism that was clearly expressed" by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). 

"We didn't address it," he said, adding that violence against Trump supporters and the attempted murder of Republican Whip Steve Scalise are separate from discriminating against a group based on religion.

"This [has] to be called out -- that's how the Holocaust began... people stopped calling [anti-Semitism] out," he said. 


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Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, an Ecuadorian immigrant, slammed Republicans who voted against the resolution.

Gohmert said that Democrats like Murcarsel-Powell didn't want to offend anyone with the watered-down language of the resolution, but instead "offended people [anyway]."

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