CORRECTION: The following post was based on a Tampa Bay Times report that dated U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s comments on Tuesday’s speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Congress as being released March 3, 2015 (link included in second paragraph). However, the release from Brown’s office (link in 10th paragraph) was actually dated May 25, 2011, and referred to a previous speech by the prime minister. The post has been adjusted from its original time of publication.
Nothing more pathetic than a Democrat pretending she has principles.
If there’s any proof needed that the Democrat hysteria that surrounded Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress Tuesday was pure hypocrisy — a lock-step obedience to President Obama’s progress despotism, the Florida Democrat Corinne Brown is Exhibit A.
Brown is a member of both the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Progressive – a double dose of leftism – and the only rep from the Sunshine State to boycott the Israeli prime minister’s speech before a joint meeting of Congress.
Why? Because it was “completely inappropriate,” a Brown spokesman told the Tampa Times on Monday.
“She believes it is completely inappropriate for the invite to have come from Speaker Boehner, who not only bypassed President Obama and the State Department but did not even inform them that the House leadership was inviting the Israeli Prime Minister to address Congress,” David Simon said.
So Brown sat out the historic speech – along with 47 other Democrat reps and eight Democrat senators.
Here is Brown’s rave review of Bibi’s previous speech under an “Obama-approved ” visit.
Congresswoman Brown Applauds Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Joint Address to Congress
Brown’s full statement is here. If it means anything.
Congresswoman Corrine Brown, a strong supporter and friend of the Jewish nation of Israel, wholeheartedly applauded Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his address today to a joint session of Congress:
“As a longtime supporter of the state of Israel and active Member of the Democratic-Israel-Working-Group Caucus (DIWG), I stand with the Jewish state in its continued quest for peace and prosperity for its people and for the world. Beyond a doubt, Israel is located in a difficult part of the world, surrounded by countries and extremist organizations bent on its destruction. Nations such as Iran, and terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, who are committed to Israel’s destruction, are aided and abetted by nations like Iran, to achieve that goal. As our partner and chief democratic ally in the Middle East, I believe that the United States must continue to do everything possible to support Israel in its quest for self-defense. Certainly, the $3 billion in yearly U.S. foreign assistance to help the state of Israel’s defense is money very well spent.
Israel’s history, based on the incredible resilience and perseverance of its people, is a story of courage and success in the face of seemingly impossible odds. For 67 years now, Israel has stood out as a democratic beacon in a region mired by instability and dictatorial regimes.
Beyond a doubt, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech today encapsulated the importance of the friendship and bond between our two nations. As Americans, we must remain steadfast in our commitment to the security of our loyal ally— in an alliance we have had since President Truman announced America’s recognition of the Jewish state just minutes after its independence was declared in 1948. Beyond a doubt, the friendship between the United States and Israel is founded on common principles – and it is because of those principles that in a bipartisan fashion, both Democrats and Republicans continue to advocate jointly on behalf of the Jewish state, and I reiterate my strong support for the nation of Israel.
In closing, I would like to borrow from the words of Prime Minister Netanyahu: ‘Moses gave us a message that has steeled our resolve for thousands of years…Be strong and resolute, neither fear nor dread them…May Israel and America always stand together, strong and resolute. May we neither fear nor dread the challenges ahead…(and) may we face the future with confidence, strength and hope.’”
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