On Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi received some unlikely praise from Republican Senator Ted Cruz.
The Texas Senator stands opposed to nearly every political view that Pelosi holds, but the duo found at least some common ground when it came to condemning anti-Semitism.
“Something I never thought I’d say: Bravo Nancy!” Cruz said in a tweet on Monday afternoon. “Thank you for having the courage to unequivocally condemn anti-Semitism.”
Pelosi and the Democrat Party has been on the defensive after Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar tweeted a series of anti-Semitic posts. One, in particular, she apologized for.
“Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception,” Pelosi, in her statement, said.
“We are and will always be strong supporters of Israel in Congress because we understand that our support is based on shared values and strategic interests,” Pelosi continued in her joint statement with other members of House leadership. “Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share. But Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.”
“As Democrats and as Americans, the entire Congress must be fully engaged in denouncing and rejecting all forms of hatred, racism, prejudice, and discrimination wherever they are encountered,” the House Speaker concluded.
Per the Daily Caller:
Omar is facing massive backlash after she quote-tweeted a link to an article by Haaretz where House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy threatened punishment against Omar and Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, America’s first two Muslim congresswomen; Omar and Tlaib have been embroiled in allegations of anti-Semitism.
Omar first commented on the tweet, saying “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” and after she was pressed to clarify who she was referring to, she tweeted “AIPAC!”
The comments received swift condemnation from members of congress on both sides of the aisle, including from Pelosi, the ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives.
As the Daily Caller reports, Cruz immediately called out Omar for the tweets.
“Why is a Member of Congress launching anti-Semitic slurs on Twitter? Caricaturing support for Israel as purchased by Jewish $$ — “about the Benjamins” — is an old slander,” Cruz said in response to Omar. “Do other Dems agree? Will media ask them? As more Dems support BDS, anti-Semitism becoming far too common.”