Leader Nancy Pelosi has apparently lost control of her minions, and is now under their control. Yesterday, she reportedly walked out of a meeting with a group of Democrats after facing criticism for not responding to Omar’s racist comments about Israel, but then capitulated to their demands and stalled the vote on the resolution to condemn anti-Semitism.
She was accused of getting her talking points from MSNBC by freshman Rep. Jahana Hayes, according to Politico.
“Well if you’re not going to listen to me, I’m done talking,” Pelosi supposedly said, before putting down her microphone and leaving.
After the meeting Pelosi reportedly told a Politico reporter that she did not believe Omar’s comments were “intentionally anti Semitic” and that she is not sure a resolution will get a vote this week, saying the foreign affairs committee is writing it.
Conservatives continue to call for Omar’s removal from that same committee.
The panel’s Jewish chairman, Rep. Eliot Engel previously derided Omar’s “vile, anti-Semitic slur,” though he said Wednesday morning he would not support ousting her from her place.
The contrast between how Democrats and Republicans have responded to controversies involving one of their own is sharp. Democrats rush to defend their racists, while GOP Rep. Steve King was immediately removed from his committee assignments.
“Privately, some Jewish lawmakers are still fuming about Omar’s latest comments, which come after she has already apologized for other remarks criticizing the political influence of pro-Israel activists.”
Rep. Ted Deutch stood up in the caucus meeting to explain why Omar’s latest remarks were so offensive and potentially dangerous, which took courage in the face of the fascist tactics new lawmakers think they can use in congress.
At first, Pelosi tried to shift the blame for the firestorm over Omar in part to the press. She called for unity in the public eye… so basically, they need to lie to voters.
Pelosi quipped of the press, “If you say the bacon is not crispy enough, they’ll have an article about this unrest and unease in the Democratic Party.”
The bottom line: democrats are trying to protect Omar from the consequences of her racism. She continues to claim that she isn’t racist, but the facts prove otherwise.
Omar did not back down from her comments, however, and wrote in a tweet on Sunday that she “should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee.”
That’s not the issue, and she darn well knows it.
“Omar ignored questions about her comments on Tuesday, apparently concentrating on a phone call while reporters peppered her with questions.”
So for now, the resolution is dead in the water with no signs of an immediate change.