Yarmuth Statement on Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitism, Anti-Muslim Discrimination, and Bigotry Against Minorities
WASHINGTON– Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) issued the statement below in advance of today’s vote on H. Res. 183, a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, and bigotry against minorities. Text of the resolution can be found here.
“There’s no question that Representative Omar was careless in the way she discussed a very real and serious problem of humanitarian violations by the Netanyahu government with the United States’ approval. I know she now better understands the pain and history of the use of anti-Semitic tropes, as well as the weight of her words as a member of Congress. But the flood of sanctimony from Republicans who tacitly condone deliberate bigotry at the highest levels of their party and of this government is the height of hypocrisy. The President of the United States stood up and claimed some Nazis and white supremacists to be ‘very fine people’ after their horrific murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, yet this is the thing that we’re in an uproar over? As a Jewish American and someone who believes all forms of hatred and bigotry must be denounced, I will vote in support of today’s measure. But symbolic procedural votes will not fix the root problems that exist, and the ongoing use of selective outrage by some of my colleagues—for no reason other than to score political points—is a dangerous practice that undermines the office we hold.”