Trump says Democrats have 'become an anti-Israel party, an anti-Jewish party' after the latest fight over Rep. Ilhan Omar's comments

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Trump says Democrats have 'become an anti-Israel party, an anti-Jewish party' after the latest fight over Rep. Ilhan Omar's comments

U.S. President Donald Trump reacts while talking to reporters as he departs to visit storm-hit areas of Alabama from the White House in Washington, U.S., March 8, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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  • President Donald Trump slammed the House of Representatives' passing a resolution condemning "all forms of hate" as "disgraceful."
  • Trump charged that "the Democrats have become an anti-Israel party" and "an anti-Jewish party."
  • The resolution initially focused on anti-Semitism in the wake of Rep. Ilhan Omar being accused of making anti-Semitic comments, but was broadened to include all forms of hate.
  • The resolution, which decried anti-Semitism and "all forms of hatred" - including racial discrimination, Islamophobia, and anti-Catholic bias - passed in the House by a vote of 407-23, with all the nay votes coming from Republicans who disapproved of taking the focus off of Omar's comments.

President Donald Trump slammed the House of Representatives' passing a resolution condemning "all forms of hate" in the wake of infighting within the Democratic caucus over Rep. Ilhan Omar's controversial statements on Israel, which were widely denounced as anti-Semitic.

"I thought yesterday's vote by the House was disgraceful because it's become - the Democrats have become an anti-Israel party," Trump told reporters shortly before boarding Air Force One on Friday morning.

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"They've become an anti-Jewish party. And I thought that vote was a disgrace and so does everybody else if you get an honest answer," he continued.

While the resolution was initially tailored specifically to denounce anti-Semitism, Omar's allies in Congress, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Pramila Jayapal accused Democratic leadership of unfairly singling out Omar.

The resolution, which decried anti-Semitism and "all forms of hatred" including racial discrimination, Islamophobia, and anti-Catholic bias passed in the House by a vote of 407-23-1, with all the nay votes coming from Republicans.

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Read more: Rep. Ilhan Omar's comments about Israel are consuming Congress with Trump, Pelosi, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez all taking sides

Omar, a freshman congresswoman from Minnesota, found herself in hot water over a series of February tweets that claimed that congressional support for Israel was "all about the Benjamins, baby" (a reference to $100 dollar bills), and charging that some lawmakers were financially influenced by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

After apologizing and deleting those tweets, she faced a fresh round of scrutiny over a tweet claiming that pro-Israel lawmakers wanted members of Congress to "pledge allegiance to a foreign country," which many people decried as invoking anti-Semitic tropes of Jewish Americans being unpatriotic and primarily loyal to Israel.

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Many of the Republicans who voted against the resolution criticized it for not zeroing-in specifically on anti-Semitism.

"Today's resolution vote was a sham put forward by Democrats to avoid condemning one of their own and denouncing vile anti-Semitism," GOP conference chair Liz Cheney said.

"While I stand wholeheartedly against discrimination outlined in this resolution, the language before the House today did not address the issue that is front and center."

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