WASHINGTON – After debates and delays over the wording of the text, the House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a resolution that broadly condemned hate.
The resolution, which was crafted after freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., made comments critical of Israel that critics said played to anti-Semitic tropes, passed 407 to 23.
All Democrats voted in favor of the resolution, including Omar. Republicans were the only to oppose it, with one member voting as present.
The resolution was broadened from its original version, which focused solely on denouncing anti-Semitism, to condemning other forms of bigotry against minorities.
The original effort received pushback from progressive Democrats like New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who said it was unfair to single out Omar – although a draft version of the initial resolution obtained by USA TODAY did not mention Omar by name. They pointed out that Omar, who is Muslim, has herself been the subject of offensive attacks, such as a poster displayed in West Virginia’s statehouse implying she was linked to the 9/11 attacks.
The Democrats compromised by drafting a resolution that condemns both anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim discrimination, as well as general “bigotry against minorities.” The resolution does not mention Omar by name.
“It’s not about her,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters Thursday.
The passedresolution condemns “anti-Semitism” and “anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against minorities as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contrary to the values and aspirations of the United States.”