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President Trump says Democratic Party is now 'anti-Israel' and 'anti-Jewish'



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President Donald Trump declared Friday that the Democratic Party had become "anti-Israel" and "anti-Jewish," adding that a recent Democrat-led House vote condemning hate was "disgraceful."

What are the details?

Trump addressed reporters Friday at the White House and offered remarks about a Thursday House vote on a resolution condemning hate. The resolution passed 407 to 23.

The resolution, however, did not specifically call out the anti-Semitic remarks made by freshman Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) that prompted the vote in the first place.

Omar's colleagues — both Democratic and Republican — accused her of making repeated anti-Semitic and anti-Israel remarks about the purported sway Jewish people have over Congress. She also said that Jewish legislators who support Israel have a "allegiance to a foreign country."

The original resolution focused more on denouncing anti-Semitism but morphed into a resolution condemning various other forms of bigotry against minorities in the U.S.

"I thought yesterday's vote by the House was disgrace," Trump said, "because the Democrats have become an anti-Israel party, they've become an anti-Jewish party, and I thought that vote was a disgrace and so did everybody else if you get an honest answer."

"The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party, they've become an anti-Jewish party, and that's too bad," he insisted.

What did Pelosi say?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended Omar on Thursday, alleging that the freshman congresswoman didn't understand the weight of her words when making statements that many people interpreted to be anti-Semitic.

Pelosi made the remarks defending Omar just head of Thursday's House vote.

"I don't think that the congresswoman perhaps appreciated the full weight of how it was heard by other people, although I don't believe it was intended in an anti-Semitic way," she explained. "But the fact is if that's how it was interpreted, we have to remove all doubt, as we have done over and over again."

Pelosi also said that she spoke to Omar about her remarks and explained why the resolution didn't specifically point to Omar or her remarks.

"Something that is one resolution, addressing these forms of hatred, not mentioning her name because it's not about her," she explained. "It's about these forms of hatred. I do not believe she understood the full weight of her words."

Pelosi concluded by pointing out her confidence that Omar's remarks were more innocent than some people were willing to take them.

"When you cross that threshold into Congress," she explained, "your words weigh much more than when you're shouting at somebody outside, and I feel confident that her words were not based on any anti-Semitic attitude, but that she didn't have a full appreciation of how they landed on other people where these words have a history and a cultural impact that may have been unknown to her."

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