Defense & Apologies

When House Democrats head home to face their constituents, they can’t escape the widespread outrage over their party embracing socialism and anti-Semitism during their first three months in the majority.

Rep. Max Rose was forced to apologize for the extreme rhetoric coming from his colleagues:

“You sent me to Congress to take responsibility. You sent me to Congress to have your back… and I failed you.”

Rep. Jennifer Wexton took a slightly different tact, defending Rep. Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes:

So I think we all need to sit down and listen to each other and work together and not be divided, but I certainly understand your concerns.”

Rep. Abigail Spanberger also sided with Rep. Omar, saying she should remain on the House Foreign Affairs Committee despite admitting Omar’s remarks were anti-Semitic:

“Spanberger told reporters that she did not believe her fellow freshman from Minnesota should lose the assignment, in part because she has shown contrition.”

Rep. Ben McAdams recognized the chaos within his caucus, and tried desperately to convince his district that he “wouldn’t be corrupted” by it:

“There have been some articles about this, a little bit of tension on the Democratic side: Are we going to veer to the far left or are we going to stay in the center?”

Bottom line: Half-baked apologies and empty platitudes are no substitute for taking action. If House Democrats were serious about rejecting hate and bigotry within their caucus, they wouldn’t have passed a spineless watered-down resolution that failed to specifically condemn Omar’s remarks or even mention her by name.