Some American Jews have found it shocking that no action has been taken against Freshman Democrats Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. The former accused American Jews of dual loyalty, an age-old canard. The latter suggested that Israel was evil and had “hypnotized” the world. While Democrats have been slow to condemn these expressions of antisemitism, a Republican leader in the U.S. House of Representatives has now pledged to take action, if the Democratic majority fails to do so.
“If they do not take action I think you’ll see action from myself,” said Kevin McCarthy of California. The minority leader, according to Capitol Hill reporters writing in a number of publications also said, “This cannot sustain itself. It’s unacceptable in this country.”
McCarthy isn’t only a man of words, you should know. He recently moved to isolate Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, when King, long associated with white supremacists, wondered in an interview why terms like “white supremacy” carried a stigma. McCarthy has suggested that statements made by Tlaib and Ilhan are worse than King’s, saying not only are they equal to that offending statement, but in terms of offense, even “more so.”
It’s not clear, as of yet, what actions McCarthy might take against the two women.