Talk about moving the goal posts.
Surprisingly, CNN’s Chris Cuomo called out Democrats for not directly condemning Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for her recent anti-Semitic comment about dual loyalty.
But this is CNN and Cuomo tempered his disapproval by finding cause to condemn both parties.
The Democrat-led House passed a watered-down resolution against all forms of hate in response to the controversy — the measure exposed a deep riff within the party as they couldn’t come together to boldly denounce anti-Semitic behavior.
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After the hard-left progressive wing came to Omar’s defense, the resolution did not mention Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress in November, by name and also condemned anti-Muslim bigotry. The Ku Klux Klan, white supremacists and neo-Nazis were also denounced, as was hate directed at Latinos, Asian Americans and LGBT people.
The measure passed 407-to-23 — with a number of Republican lawmakers opting to vote against it to protest the weakened language.
And that’s what Cuomo seized on in a blanket condemnation of both parties, the fact that the vote was not unanimous.
Never mind that the Republicans who voted against it were protesting exactly what the CNN anchor called the Democratic Party out on.
“This should have been simple! Either people who say ugly things get called out or they don’t!” Cuomo said, after noting that Omar wasn’t named in the resolution and that she did not lose her seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
He said the Congressional Black Caucus and the Progressive Caucus wanted to get a shot in at President Donald Trump, so language was added to include Islamophobia and white supremacy — in effect, watering down the resolution.
Cuomo highlighted Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who may no longer control the party, saying the resolution would not mention Omar by name “because it’s not about her,” and that they planned to “enlarge the issue to anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, et cetera, anti-white supremacist.”
“So what started out as a reaction to Omar was now not about Omar,” he noted.
Talking in circles, Cuomo then praised the passing of a resolution he just criticized as he cleverly shifted the focus onto the 23 GOP lawmakers who know a sham when they see one.
“Look the resolution passed, okay. That’s the good news,” Cuomo said. “But if you can’t get unanimous consent on not bashing Jews and Muslims and other minorities, what will they ever agree on unanimously?”
That lead into a moment of Trump bashing, before he concludes: “Congress please do your damn jobs.”
Perhaps, the 23 Republicans who protested the political machination Cuomo speaks of are the ones doing their jobs.
And most were clear about their vote, which wasn’t about refusing to denounce hate, as seen in a statement from Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.
“It is appalling that any type of anti-Semitic comment would be rationalized by Democrats,” Gohmert said. “In fact, this resolution was solely on the House Floor today because of anti-Semitic remarks made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), yet neither she nor her remarks are ever mentioned in the text. This resolution, edited repeatedly by House Democrats, was meant to condemn anti-Semitism; however, it became so generic that it lost its meaning or significance.”
Is that not exactly what Cuomo said?
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