The U-S House has overwhelmingly passed a resolution condemning bigotry, although the document makes no mention of Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who sparked the controversy with comments that many called anti-Semitic. Louisiana Democrat Cedric Richmond says, “What we’re doing here today is making it unequivocally clear… that no one has the support to engage in discrimination and racism and anti-Semitism.”
But Arizona Republican Andy Biggs pointed to what he called a “pattern” of anti-Semitic comments by Omar, and criticized Democratic leaders’ response. “Sooner or later you have to face what the awful truth is, and if someone is going to persist in making anti-Semitic, hateful statements, to bury that is inexcusable,” Biggs says.
Omar in a written statement says the House measure is “the first time we have voted on a resolution condemning Anti-Muslim bigotry in our nation’s history.” Omar says she’s tremendously proud to be part of a body that has condemned “all forms of bigotry including anti-Semitism, racism, and white supremacy.”