At AIPAC, Vice President Mike Pence directly condemned Rep. Omar’s anti-Semitism and warned that hate was rising in the halls of congress. Meanwhile House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer indirectly took on Omar’s remarks, but never directly condemned her.
“Now my friends, we’ve reached a fateful moment in our history,” he said. “All over the world, antisemitism is on the rise. On college campuses, in the market place, even in the halls of Congress.”
“You know, there was a time when support for Israel was not a partisan issue here in Washington,” Pence said, before speaking of his collaboration with the late Democratic congressman and Holocaust survivor Tom Lantos.
“But how things have changed,” he said. “It’s astonishing to think that the party of Harry Truman, which did so much to help create the State of Israel has been co-opted by people who promote rank antisemitic rhetoric and work to undermine the broad American consensus of support for Israel.”
Addressing the scandal surrounding Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who has made several antisemitic statements in recent weeks, and the Democratic leadership’s failure to pass a resolution explicitly condemning her, Pence said, “Recently, a freshman Democratic congresswoman trafficked in repeated antisemitic tropes; alleged congressional support for Israel reflected an allegiance to a foreign country; said that Israel had, and I quote, ‘hypnotized the world’; and she accused Americans who support Israel of being bought off by campaign contributions.”
“Antisemitism has no place in the Congress of the United States of America!” Pence emphasized.
Pence noted the collapse of Democrat opposition to BDS and the growing anti-Israel sentiments among the 2020 crowd.
“As I stand before you,” said the vice-president, “eight Democrat candidates for president are actually boycotting this very conference.
The Democrats have gone far to the Left. Being anti-Israel and anti-Semitic comes with that political shift.