Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called out the 23 Republicans who voted against a House resolution condemning bigotry on Friday.
“Where’s the outrage over the 23 GOP members who voted NO on a resolution condemning bigotry today? Oh, there’s none?” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
“Did they get called out, raked over, ambushed in halls and relentlessly asked why not? No? Okay. Got it,” she added.
Where’s the outrage over the 23 GOP members who voted NO on a resolution condemning bigotry today?
Oh, there’s none?
Did they get called out, raked over, ambushed in halls and relentlessly asked why not?
No? Okay. Got it.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 8, 2019
The House voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to support the resolution, which “encourages all public officials to confront the reality of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism, and other forms of bigotry, as well as historical struggles against them, to ensure that the United States will live up to the transcendent principles of tolerance, religious freedom.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) came to the defense of Rep. Omar last week, condemning the effort by House Democratic leadership to rebuke Omar for comments she made about the influence of pro-Israel lobby on American foreign policy.
Omar is being accused of anti-Semitism for referring to pro-Israel advocates’ “allegiance to a foreign country.”
“Anti-Semitism is a hateful and dangerous ideology which must be vigorously opposed in the United States and around the world. We must not, however, equate anti-Semitism with legitimate criticism of the right-wing, Netanyahu government in Israel,” Sanders, who became the first Jewish politician to win a state’s presidential primary in 2016, said in a statement on Wednesday. “Rather, we must develop an even-handed Middle East policy which brings Israelis and Palestinians together for a lasting peace.
“What I fear is going on in the House now is an effort to target Congresswoman Omar as a way of stifling that debate,” he continued. “That’s wrong.”
Ocasio-Cortez last week tweeted: “One of the things that is hurtful about the extent to which reprimand is sought of Ilhan is that no one seeks this level of reprimand when members make statements about Latinx + other communities (during the shutdown, a GOP member yelled ‘Go back to Puerto Rico!’ on the floor).”
“It’s not my position to tell people how to feel, or that their hurt is invalid,” she continued. “But incidents like these do beg the question: where are the resolutions against homophobic statements? For anti-blackness? For xenophobia? For a member saying he’ll ‘send Obama home to Kenya?’”
It’s not my position to tell people how to feel, or that their hurt is invalid.
But incidents like these do beg the question: where are the resolutions against homophobic statements? For anti-blackness? For xenophobia? For a member saying he’ll “send Obama home to Kenya?”
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 5, 2019
A video from 2012 of Rep. Mark Meadows resurfaced last week in which he said at a rally that “2012 is the time we’re going to send Mr. Obama home to Kenya or wherever it is.”
“Calling out” is one of the measures of last resort, not 1st or 2nd resort.
We do it when repeated attempts to “call in” are disrespected or ignored. And I believe that Ilhan, in her statement a few weeks ago, has demonstrated a willingness to listen+work w/impacted communities.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 5, 2019
“In this administration + all others, we should actively check antisemitism, anti-blackness, homophobia, racism, and all other forms of bigotry,” she tweeted. “And the most productive end goal when we see it is to educate and heal. It’s the difference btwn ‘calling in’ before ‘calling out.’”
Ocasio-Cortez claimed that the resolution falls under “calling out” and should be “one of the measure of last resort,” and should only be done after “repeated attempts to ‘call in’ are disrespected or ignored.”
“I believe that Ilhan, in her statement a few weeks ago, has demonstrated a willingness to listen+work w/impacted communities,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
The New York congresswoman noted that she has called out white or male allies in the past when they have said something insensitive by pulling them aside and explaining why their comments were hurtful and where they could learn more about it.
She also tweeted that “a good chunk of Congress would be gone” if there were a resolution on sexist statements made by her colleagues.
“To jump to the nuclear option every time leaves no room for corrective action,” she tweeted. “So I ask *everyone* that we practice calling in before calling out.”
Here’s the full list of 23 Republicans who voted against the anti-hate resolution:
Andy Biggs of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Ken Buck of Colorado, Ted Budd of North Carolina, Michael C. Burgess of Texas, Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Chris Collins of New York, Mike Conaway of Texas, Rick Crawford of Arizona, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Tom Graves of Georgia, Pete King of New York, Doug LaMalfa of California, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Steven Palazzo of Mississippi, Mike Rogers of Alabama, Chip Roy of Texas, Greg Steube of Florida, Mark Walker of North Carolina, Ted Yoho of Florida, Lee Zeldin of New York.