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Greg Steube introduces resolution admonishing Ilhan Omar

Republican says Democrats missed chance to properly handle controversy.

U.S. Rep. Greg Steube joined with 23 Republicans who voted no last week on a resolution condemning bigotry. He said that was because he thought broad language glossed over what prompted the legislation— offensive remarks by U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Now, Steube has introduced a new resolution that singles his colleague from Minnesota out.

“Democrat leadership had an opportunity to admonish her remarks specifically, but they didn’t,” the Sarasota Republican said.

“Jewish people in America and across the globe deserve better from this legislative body. That is why I’m introducing this resolution—so we as a body can come together in agreement to say anti-Semitism belongs nowhere in the halls of Congress or its Members.”

Omar, a freshman Democrat and one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress, became the center of controversy after comments viewed by many as anti-Jewish tropes.

After suggesting some of her colleagues demonstrated “dual loyalty” to Israel and the U.S., Omar drew bipartisan criticism.

That included scolds from U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, a Palm Beach Democrat.

It also pushed Democratic leadership to put forward a resolution condemning anti-Semitism. But as some party progressives felt Omar faced disproportionate criticism while facing Islamophobia, the resolution was broadened.

“Instead of specifically addressing the persistent anti-Semitic remarks made by my colleague, House Democrats chose last week to make a mockery of this institution by giving her troubling behavior yet another pass,” Steube said.

On Twitter, Steube made a specific suggestion for an appropriate response to Omar’s remarks.

“Rep. Omar has repeatedly made anti-Semitic remarks but has yet to face any real punishment from her caucus,” he wrote. “If Democrat leadership wants to stand against such rhetoric, they’d remove her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Don’t you agree?”

Notably, Republican leadership had left the Omar situation for Democrats to wrestle with amongst themselves.

“I would like to see what the Democrats are going to do,” Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said earlier this month, per Politico.

But Steube said he’s seen enough.

“I am pleased that the House of Representatives now has an opportunity to consider legislation that directly addresses the growing problem of anti-Semitism that unfortunately exists inside our institution.”

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Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at jacobogles@hotmail.com.

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