U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio issued a shot across the bow of the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday, saying a “radical anti-Semitic minority” was running the lower Chamber.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi was not moving what a media release calls “substantive legislation that would actually support Israel, the United States’ most important ally in the Middle East and the region’s sole democracy.”
Rubio, whose bill passed the Senate with 77 votes, draws some inferences about Pelosi’s leadership style.
“For months, Speaker Pelosi has refused to bring my bipartisan bill to combat the BDS movement’s discriminatory conduct and strengthen America’s security in the Middle East to the House floor,” Rubio said.
“Out of fear of retaliation from the far left wing of her conference, it’s clear that Speaker Pelosi has allowed the radical, anti-Semitic minority in the Democratic Party to dictate the House floor agenda.
“The BDS movement seeks to eliminate any Jewish state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, and Congress should condemn it,” Rubio continued. “Words alone are not enough. It is time for action.”
Rubio joins Florida’s junior Senator, Rick Scott, a legislative rookie who called the Democrats the “anti-Semitic party” earlier this week.
Scott urged media to “remember the position that these Democrats have taken. They’ve become the anti-Semitic party now, and so that’s wrong.”
All of this follows on President Donald Trump‘s targeting of four Democratic women in the U.S. House over the weekend.
Trump rocked the Sunday morning news cycle with a tweet aimed at the four most outspoken liberal members of the Democratic caucus known as “The Squad.”
The targets of the missive were Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
In a series of tweets, President Donald Trump urged the four to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.”
Omar, a naturalized citizen from Somalia, is the only foreign-born member of the four. Ocasio-Cortez has Puerto Rican ancestry, while Pressley, an African American, was born in Chicago.