House votes almost unanimously to condemn antisemitism – but one Republican voted 'no'
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday in a near-unanimous vote passed a bipartisan resolution condemning antisemitism. The final tally was 420-1.
Congressman Thomas Massie, Republican of Kentucky, was the only “no” vote, as local Kentucky news producer for Spectrum News John Park, and Punchbowl News co-founder Jake Sherman noted:
One day after becoming his party\u2019s nominee for his sixth term, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) becomes the only congressman to vote against House Res. 1125https://twitter.com/jakesherman/status/1527037996452675585\u00a0\u2026— John Park (@John Park) 1652911660
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was the sponsor of the resolution, H. Res. 1125, “Condemning rising antisemitism.”
The resolution makes noncontroversial statements like, “the Jewish-American experience is a story of faith, fortitude, and progress and is connected to key tenets of American identity,” and “antisemitism is an insidious form of prejudice stretching back millennia that attacks the humanity of the Jewish people and has led to violence, destruction of lives and communities, and genocide.”
The importance of the resolution comes after a self-avowed white supremacist and antisemite slaughtered ten Black people at a Buffalo supermarket on Saturday.
The resolution also says the House “calls on social media platforms to institute stronger and more significant efforts to measure and address online antisemitism while protecting free speech concerns,” and says it “supports the right of Americans to freely exercise their religious beliefs and rejects all forms of terror and hate.”
Congressman Massie has a disturbing relationship with the Holocaust. Last year he posted, and subsequently deleted, a vile meme equating proof of vaccination to the genocide of up to 17 million people by Hiter’s Nazis, as this tweet from a former Obama White House official shows:
Rep. Thomas Massie - who voted against funding to help schools teach students about the Holocaust and antisemitism - tweeted (and deleted) this meme tonight. Care to comment @GOPLeader?pic.twitter.com/8ULy0Wgg7P— Andrew Weinstein (@Andrew Weinstein) 1629948181
Here’s Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz speaking on the resolution:
The House strongly condemned antisemitism today by passing my resolution in a landslide bipartisan vote. As we honor Jewish contributions to American life for Jewish American Heritage Month, let's acknowledge antisemitism is no relic of the past. It's a very present danger. #JAHMpic.twitter.com/jmyq6A6MUm— Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (@Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz) 1652909520
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