Ilhan Omar just forced Nancy Pelosi to do the unthinkable
Ilhan Omar ignited a national controversy with her anti-Semitic remarks.
It created a defining moment for the Democrat Party.
And Omar just forced Nancy Pelosi to do the unthinkable.
Pelosi knows she has a problem on her hands.
Omar’s bigoted remarks threaten to brand the Democrats as the party of hatred and intolerance.
So she teed up a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in response to Omar’s comments that American Jews are not loyal to the United States.
But she was forced to back down under pressure from the party’s liberal base.
A vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in response to controversial comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar is set to slip past Wednesday amid intensifying pressure from the left both inside and outside the House Democratic Caucus.
An array of progressive groups declared their support for Omar, while both the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Progressive Caucus — two of the most important factions among House Democrats — wanted more time to review the situation, lawmakers and aides said.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said in a closed-door meeting Tuesday that the vote would likely happen Thursday. They also said a draft resolution would be updated to include additional language rejecting anti-Muslim bias, although some Democratic sources believe that an entirely new document might be crafted.
Democrats are trapped in a corner.
Allowing Omar to go unpunished could allow Republicans to peel Jewish voters off the Democrats’ coalition in 2020.
But sanctioning Omar risks the wrath of the base.
Given the choice between rejecting hatred and pleasing the base, Pelosi revealed her true colors by scuttling the resolution condemning anti-Semitism.