President Trump says Democratic Party is now 'anti-Israel' and 'anti-Jewish'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi D-Calif. at a news conference Jan. 17 2019

Omar also stirred controversy at the end of February in which she spoke to "political influence" in the USA that would "push for allegiance to a foreign country".

The resolution was prompted by comments from Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar, an American refugee of Somali background, after she said she was being pressured to pledge "allegiance" to Israel.

"I don't think our colleague is anti-Semitic", Pelosi said Friday, reiterating her previous defenses of Omar.

The resolution also "acknowledges the unsafe consequences of perpetuating anti-Semitic stereotypes" and "rejects anti-Semitism as hateful expressions of intolerance that are contradictory to the values that define the people of the United States".

The one-sided 407-23 vote belied the emotional infighting over how to respond to freshman Rep. lIhan Omar's recent comments suggesting House supporters of Israel have dual allegiances.

The original resolution focused more on denouncing anti-Semitism but morphed into a resolution condemning various other forms of bigotry against minorities in the U.S. Democrats are trying to push past a dispute that has overwhelmed their agenda and exposed fault lines that could shadow them through next year's elections.

President Trump condemned the vote in remarks outside the White House Friday morning, calling Democrats "an anti-Israel [and] anti-Jewish party".

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Criticism didn't just come from the GOP, but from some of Omar's fellow Democrats.

She continued: "Our nation is having a hard conversation and we believe this is great progress".

Commentators accused Trump of "hypocrisy".

"While we commend Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to bring to the floor the issue of anti-Semitism within its ranks, the politically expedient resolution failed to call out Representative Omar by name and failed to take into account the historically unique dimensions of the anti-Semitic themes trafficked by Rep. Omar", the Simon Wiesenthal Center said in a statement shortly following the vote. The Anti-Defamation League said it had "obvious antisemitic overtones".

Speaking to the Republican Jewish Coalition in 2015 during his presidential campaign, Trump said, "you're not going to support me because I don't want your money".

As president, Trump sparked a firestorm by saying there were "very fine people on both sides" at a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, where demonstrators chanted "Jews will not replace us".

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