According to The Hill, Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming), the GOP Conference chair, defended her vote against the House anti-hate resolution that was passed last week, 407 votes to 23. Cheney told NBC’s “Meet The Press” Chuck Todd that Democrats are “enabling” anti-Semitism.
She said that while there was “nothing objectionable” in the resolution’s language, it was clearly an attempt to “protect” Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar (Minn.) against anti-Semitism accusations.
“It was really clearly an effort to protect Ilhan Omar,” Cheney said. “To cover up her bigotry and anti-Semitism by refusing to name her.”
The resolution condemned anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred, such as Islamophobia. It resulted from outrage over Omar’s remarks, which were called anti-Semitic.
Cheney’s comments is similar to those from other Republican lawmakers who argued that Omar should have been singled out directly in the resolution. Some lawmakers have called for Omar to be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Cheney said that the Democratic Party has “a real problem.”
“The extent to which [Democrats] are now abiding by anti-Semitism, enabling anti-Semitism in their party is something we watch them struggle with, but something that’s really dangerous for the country,” she said.