MSNBC’s Garrett Haake: Democrats Looking for ‘Goldilocks Option’ to Condemn Omar ‘Without Going Too Far’


MSNBC reporter Garrett Haake discussed Democrats’ dilemma with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Live with Craig Melvin Wednesday morning, saying the party has become increasingly restless with the perceivably anti-Semitic comments made by the young congressman but aren’t quite sure about what to do about it. Democrats were set to vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism Wednesday but delayed it to at least Thursday amidst debate of anti-Semitism within the party.

“Democrats are in a jam. They’re not sure exactly how they want to deal with this issue. Democratic leadership are upset with the comments Congresswoman Omar has made,” said Haake, adding it’s “not the first time” the Democratic congresswoman has made questionable comments about the Israel lobby.

Haake said some House Democrats are afraid that by voting on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, they might be limited in their criticisms of Israel. He also added that Omar has already been dealing with enough hardship from anti-Muslim folk.

“Democrats are looking for a Goldilocks option here to condemn what she said without feeling like they have gone too far,” said Haake.

Haake said Republicans are “trying to make a big issue” out of Omar’s comments to use it as bait to criticize the Democratic Party, as well as to “distract” from internal agendas in the House.

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