Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., was one of 23 Republicans lawmakers who voted against the Democratic Party’s resolution that began as a denunciation of an anti-Semitic remark from Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, but evolved into a watered down statement against hate when progressive Democrats came to Omar’s defense.
Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Cheney clashed with anchor Chuck Todd as she explained her vote on what she called in a statement a “sham” resolution “put forward by Democrats to avoid condemning one of their own.”
Not surprisingly, Todd pointed to “Republican and conservative attacks on George Soros over the years” to suggest anti-Semitism is a problem in both parties.
(Soros being the billionaire Democratic donor who backs any number of hard-left activist groups.)
The NBC anchor mentioned the “whaboutaboutism” that’s going on, and Cheney was in agreement that it should not be happening, but she then brought the focus back to the issue at hand, that being that speaker Nancy Pelosi and Co. are protecting Omar.
“The thing that people need to be focused on here though is that the Democrats in the House of Representatives — and even some of the Democrats themselves — are completely frustrated with the fact that the leadership is protecting her,” she said. “This isn’t just being silent, they are protecting her by failing to put a resolution on the floor that names her and that strips her of her committee assignments.”
Cheney added that Omar was able to declare the weakened response as a “victory.”
Todd countered that “there was some concern by singling her out you only make her a target,” suggesting that both sides are guilty.
“You can describe it that way but you are wrong,” Cheney said, repeating herself for emphasis.
Todd opened the discussion by noting that Cheney was a minority in her party voting against the resolution, asking if her fellow Republicans made a mistake in voting for it.
Cheney didn’t agree they made a mistake, saying there was nothing objectionable in the resolution, but was clear on why she refused to support it.
“I decided to vote against it because I think it was really clearly an effort to actually protect Ilhan Omar. To cover up her bigotry and anti-semitism by refusing to name her,” she said.
“The Democrats have yet to take any action to remove her from her committee,” she added. “And they’ve got a real problem. I mean, the extent to which they are abiding by anti-Semitism, enabling anti-Semitism in their party is something we watch them struggle with, but is sometimes very dangerous for the country.”
As Todd noted, Cheney led the fight to strip the committee assignments of Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who was hung out to dry by the N.Y. Times, which mischaracterized a comment he made about how the term “western civilization” became offensive language.
Interestingly, now that it’s a Democrat’s committee assignments up for discussion, Todd suddenly questions whether it’s up to party leadership to make such decisions.
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