House Republicans have introduced a resolution to censure radical democrat congresswomen Omar, AOC, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley for “defending terrorist organizations and inciting anti-Semitic attacks across the United States.”
The Resolution was introduced by republican members Michael Waltz of Florida, Jim Banks of Indiana, and Claudia Tenney of New York. The representatives stated that the Squad has been exhibiting behaviors unbecoming of elected officials of Congress after Omar equating war crimes committed by the U.S. and Israel to those by the Taliban and Hamas terrorist groups. The Resolution also states that the group has referred to Israel as an “apartheid state” and that Tlaib claimed that Israel was ethnic cleansing the area by going after Palestinians.
Representative Michael Waltz of Florida said in a statement: “We cannot turn a blind eye to members of Congress openly defending terrorist attacks by Hamas against our close ally Israel nor their dangerous rhetoric which has contributed to anti-Semitic attacks across the country,”
In a statement, Representative Jim Banks of Indiana said: “The Squad has repeatedly denigrated America and our closest ally.”
The most recent controversy involving the squad members began when Omar was questioning Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing last week about the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) investigations of alleged crimes by the Taliban and the U. S. in Afghanistan, in addition to the accusations against Hamas and Israel in the Gaza conflict.
In a tweet with a clip of her questioning Blinken, Omar wrote, “We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. I asked @SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice.”
Now Omar is walking back her comment by releasing a statement that she says will clarify her previous statement
“On Monday, I asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken about … ongoing International Criminal Court investigations. To be clear: the conversation was about accountability for specific incidents regarding those ICC cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel.”
Pelosi and her leadership team released a joint statement rebuking Omar in a rare move, but now Pelosi has walked back her statement she made last week. In an interview for CNN’s State of the union, The Speaker stated that Omar is a valued member of Congress and that the previous Joint statement did not rebuke Omar in any way.