Buck Joins Weird GOP Faction Against Anti-Hate Resolution

Rep. Ken Buck (R).

FOX News excitedly reports on a resolution that passed the U.S. House today in part to respond to controversial remarks by a Democratic member of Congress from Minnesota suggesting that supporters of Israel are pushing for “allegiance to a foreign country”–a resolution that by the end saw only a handful of Republicans voting against:

After several days of infighting and a near-rebellion by rank-and-file Democrats, as well as a major last-minute revision, the House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan resolution that only indirectly condemned Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s repeated ‘anti-Semitic’ and ‘pernicious’ comments — without mentioning her by name.

The final vote was 407 to 23, with 23 Republicans voting no, and all Democrats voting yes. Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King, who faced his own bipartisan blowback for comments purportedly defending white nationalists, voted present.

The final draft of the resolution was expanded to condemn virtually all forms of bigotry, in what Republicans characterized as a cynical ploy to distract from Omar’s remarks. Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, speaking on the House floor to announce that he would vote against the resolution, remarked, “Now [the resolution] condemns just about everything. … Hatred for Israel is a special kind of hatred. It should never be watered down.”

Readers will have sharply varying opinions of this Rep. Ilhan Omar’s remarks and this resolution, based largely on their own view of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict–and our purpose here is not to sort out that much larger and more fractious question. But whether or not you believe Rep. Omar’s comments amount to “a special kind of hatred” for Israel or anyone else, the inability of these 23 Republicans to condemn anything but anti-Semitism, to include Rep. Steve King’s unapologetic pining for our nation’s white supremacist past, stands out in our minds much more.

Among Colorado’s delegation, the only vote against this resolution came from arch-conservative Rep. Ken Buck. We’ve haven’t seen a statement from Buck about this vote, but it wouldn’t surprise us if his rationalization like that of Rep. Louie Gohmert is the extra-special horror of anti-Semitism compared to, you know, Steve King.

On a subject where there is plenty of dishonesty to go around, some people are still more dishonest than others.

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  1. PodestaEmails says:

    Holy shit you guys are closet anti Semites too! If you weren't you would condemn Omar. Shocked not shocked.

    • unnamed says:

      Hey, dummy. Dems passed a resolution condemning any form of hate, including antisemitism.  

      Apparently Ken Buck is totally cool with antisemitism.

      Man.  You crawled out of your sewer hole to deliver that little comment?  Just shows you have nothing to offer the world.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      PodestaEmails:  I forget … did your earlier screen name condemn Trump for suggesting a judge with a Mexican American heritage had "dual allegiance" when it came to questions about immigration, and therefore couldn't be fair?

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Hey Poddy – I shocked that you’re supporting a country that has one of the most liberal abortions laws in the world AND universal health care.  

  2. RepealAndReplace says:

    Did he get up and say that there are good people on both sides of this issue?

  3. mamajama55 says:

    Wait – bigotry against Muslims is as bad as bigotry against any other religion? Who said that? Jews. Buddhists.   Most other religious leaders.
    Omar actually never said anything about "Jews". She did question the US' blind loyalty to Israel, particularly in light of Israels' well-known apartheid policies against Palestinians. That is heresy in the modern Republican party.

    Most of these hypocritical congresscritters would have been isolationists, advocating a "Wait and See" stance before Pearl Harbor brought WWII home. While the Reich's furnaces filled the Buchenwald and Dachau skies with human ashes, these modern opportunists would have wholly supported the quotas on Jewish refugees, which resulted in so many being returned to their home countries to die.

    These Pharisees are all for sale to the highest bidder. They cloak their bigotry in false victimhood, identifying with holocaust victims, while ignoring  modern ethnic cleansing and diaspora of Muslim refugees.

    • You're being far too kind in describing them, mj. At the least, they'd cheer on the Muslim refugee crisis if they weren't so busy trying to block them from entering our country. At their worst, they'd rather rid the world of the excess population by bombing the shit out of them right now, damnit!

      They have no respect for any of their supposed core principles; power and hate are all that's left to them.

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