Omar Calls Resolution ‘Great Progress’: ‘Our Nation Is Having A Difficult Conversation’

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 06: Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) participates in a House Education and Labor Committee Markup on the H.R. 582 Raise The Wage Act, in the Rayburn House Office Building on March 6, 2019 in Washington... WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 06: Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) participates in a House Education and Labor Committee Markup on the H.R. 582 Raise The Wage Act, in the Rayburn House Office Building on March 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) MORE LESS

After the House passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other types of hate on Thursday evening, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) released a joint statement with Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Andre Carson (D-IN), fellow Muslims in Congress, calling the resolution “great progress.”

Every Democrat in the House voted in favor of the compromise resolution, while 23 House Republicans voted against it because they didn’t think it went far enough.

The resolution was meant as a veiled criticism of Omar’s recent comments about pro-Israel advocates, which have been widely condemned as anti-Semitic. Omar suggested pro-Israel advocates have a foreign allegiance to Israel — which plays on the anti-Semitic trope of dual loyalty — and weeks ago suggested people who are pro-Israel are motivated by money.

Before it went to the floor for a vote, the resolution was criticized by progressive groups and more liberal members of the Democratic Caucus who claim party leadership was too quick to censure a black, Muslim woman, when anti-black or homophobic comments from other members of Congress is often ignored.

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