Kirsters Baish | Syndicated Columnist
Vice President of the United States Mike Pence spoke at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual convention, harshly criticizing Democrats as having been disloyal to the Jewish state.
The Indiana Republican explained to the crowd that the United States and Israel weren’t just allies, but “mishpocha,” the Yiddish term for the word “family.”
Yahoo News reports, “Pence, a conservative Christian, took direct aim at Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., one of the first two Muslim women in Congress. She has been condemned for tweets criticizing AIPAC and promulgating what some say are anti-Semitic views.”
“The vice president, who did not mention Omar by name, lamented that a House newcomer had “trafficked in repeated anti-Semitic tropes,” listing a number of Omar’s more incendiary assertions,” the news outlet continued.
“Anti-Semitism has no place in the Congress of the United States of America,” Pence explained, as the audience applauded his comments.
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The Vice President also indicated that Representative Omar should be taken off the House Foreign Affairs Committee by Democratic higher-ups.
The entire Democratic — or “Democrat,” as Pence put it, using the ungrammatical truncation that has become popular on the right — Party also came under assault from Pence, who has proved himself to be a reliable messenger for President Trump. He decried the fact that the party of President Harry Truman, who was instrumental in the creation of Israel, and “the home of so many American Jews for so long,” had “struggled” to condemn what he called Omar’s anti-Semitism. While some in the House sought a resolution targeted specifically at anti-Semitism, the chamber passed a broader anti-hate measure.
There have been numerous Republican Congress members who have been accused of anti-Semitism in the past.
.@IlhanMN tweets were a disgrace & her apology was inadequate. Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress, much less the Foreign Affairs Committee. Those who engage in anti-Semitic tropes should not just be denounced, they should face consequences for their words.
“It is wrong to boycott Israel and it is wrong to boycott AIPAC,” Pence continued, referring not just to the candidates’ absence but also mentioning “boycott, divestment and sanctions” movement which is intended to ruin Israel’s economy.
“Let me be clear on this point,” Pence continued. “Anyone who aspires to the highest office in the land should not be afraid to stand with the strongest supporters of Israel in America.”
Yahoo reports, “While he focused on Israel, Pence opened his remarks with reference to the report of special counsel Robert Mueller, who spent two years investigating the Trump presidential campaign’s allegedly improper connections to Russia. That report was submitted to the Department of Justice on Friday and, in its lack of new indictments, appears to be favorable to Trump, if not entirely exculpatory.”
“Yesterday was a great day for our country,” Pence went on, calling Mueller’s report a “total vindication.”