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Rep. Jeffries: ‘There’s Not a Rise of Anti-Semitism in the House of Representatives’

During their weekly press conference, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) said the House will not be lectured by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on hateful rhetoric and it is “irresponsible” to say anti-Semitism is on the rise in the House.

“Let me generally say there’s not a rise of anti-Semitism in the House of Representatives. There’s a rise of anti-Semitic behavior and activity and violence in the country. And it’s irresponsible for Mitch McConnell to try and politicize this issue,” Jeffries said.

“Anti-Semitism is not a political issue, it’s an issue that we all need to collective address and do it in a non-partisan way,” he continued. “And not fan the flames of division, by trying to promote Mitch McConnell’s political agenda. That’s the height of irresponsibility. And when has he ever said anything about the hateful remarks that continue to flow out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? … So we are not going to be lectured by Mitch McConnell on anything and that shameless behavior must be discontinued.”

When asked about the House resolution condemning anti-Semitism, Jeffries said the caucus is determined to denounce all forms of bigotry, “and the rise in hate that has taken place in this country, perhaps coincidentally, over the last two years, since January of 2017.”

The resolution is being drawn up in response to the latest comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), questioning if foreign groups pressure lawmakers to have loyalty to other countries.

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