Rep. Dingell Accuses Some Republicans For Pushing a ‘Gotcha Moment’ With Anti-Semitic Resolution
As the Democrats draw up an anti-hate resolution, which originally began as an anti-Semitism resolution in response to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) comments about dual loyalty to Israel, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) said some Republicans are pushing for a “gotcha moment.”
“Why did it take so long for the Democratic Party to reach unity on that message and on this resolution?” CNN’s Jim Sciutto asked the congresswoman.
“I don’t think it took that long to reach unity. I think there was a lot of — first of all, we were gone over the weekend. There was a lot of discussion, and a lot of members of this caucus had very strong feelings about what they’re seeing,” Dingell explained. “We move very quickly. A lot of times things don’t move this quickly. You have to realize that sometimes the other party, and I have great deal of respect for them, is trying to do gotcha moments. I don’t think you play gotcha moments with fear and hatred and bigotry.”
“So, they are trying to — some people, not all of them, are trying to do a gotcha moment. We are voting on it today, a very strong sense. And then tomorrow we’re going to move on with doing the people’s business,” she added.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) defended Omar on Thursday during her weekly press conference.
“I don’t think that the Congresswoman is, perhaps, appreciate the full weight of how it was heard by other people, although I don’t believe it was intended in any anti-Semitic way,” she said. “But the fact is that’s how it was interpreted, we have to remove all doubt. As we have done, over and over again.”
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