‘Anti-Semitism has no place in the Congress of the United States of America…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Vice President Mike Pence slammed Democrats for embracing and defending members of their own party who have used anti-Semitic rhetoric, in what appeared to be a veiled jab at freshman Democrat Ilhan Omar.
Speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s 2019 policy conference on Monday, Pence said Democratic leadership should take a strong stand against anti-Israel sentiments.
“It’s astonishing to think that the party of Harry Truman … has been co-opted by people who promote rank anti-Semitic rhetoric,” Pence said. “And as I stand before you, eight Democrat candidates for president are actually boycotting this very conference. So let me be clear on this point: Anyone who aspires to the highest office in the land should not be afraid to stand with the strongest supporters of Israel in America.”
Without naming her, Pence said that given Omar’s continuous use of anti-Semitic slurs, she should not sit on the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“Anti-Semitism has no place in the Congress of the United States of America,” Pence said. “Anyone who slanders those who support the historic alliance between the United States and Israel should never have a seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee of the United States House of Representatives.”
Top Democratic leaders reaffirmed their support for Israel at the AIPAC conference, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., who vowed to defend the U.S.-Israeli alliance “proudly and unapologetically.”
Pence said bipartisan support of Israel is needed more than ever in the U.S., as anti-Semitism becomes more commonplace.
“All over the world, anti-Semitism is on the rise,” Pence said. “On college campuses, in the marketplace, even in the halls of Congress. You know, there was a time when support for Israel was not a partisan issue here in Washington … But how things have changed.”