Schumer says Trump's claims of 'anti-Jewish' Democrats have 'redefined chutzpah'

Rep. Ted Deutch speaks at a Washington rally against gun violence last month

"His comments show the president is only interested in playing the politics of division and not in fighting anti-Semitism", Schumer wrote in response Friday afternoon.

"The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party, they've become an anti-Jewish party", he said.

He was referring to President Donald Trump's seeming inability a year earlier to explicitly condemn a white nationalist and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va.

The action had come after controversial comments by Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

Lawmakers expressed outrage, warning that Omar was peddling in age-old anti-Semitic tropes about Jews having dual loyalties.

"We are tremendously proud to be part of a body that has put forth a condemnation of all forms of bigotry including anti-Semitism, racism and white supremacy", Omar, who has repeatedly denied accusations linking her to anti-Semitism, said in a joint statement with representatives Rashida Tlaib and Andre Carson.

Cheney opposed a resolution passed in the House on Thursday that condemned various forms of hate. Republicans generally joined in the favorable vote, though almost two-dozen opposed the measure.

The Jewish GOP congressman also called out the "double standard" that exists for Democrats and Republicans. Executive Director Halie Soifer said "We are appalled, but not surprised, that President Trump has once again demonstrated dishonesty, hypocrisy, and willingness to use anti-Semitism and Israel as a political football".

Pelosi said the broadening of the resolution didn't weaken it in her appearance with The Economic Club. David Rubenstein noted the criticism that it was watered-down from its original objective of condemning anti-Semitism following Omar's recent remarks.

"The change that is happening in the Democratic party is something that started with the recent elections that brought Ilhan Omar and others - young, progressive, and pushing for new ideas", US-Palestinian journalist Ramzy Baroud told RT.

It is unclear if the Cruz resolution, unlike the House version, will call out Omar or any members of Congress explicitly.

Other prominent Jewish groups, however, welcomed the resolution. The Anti-Defamation League reported a 58 per cent increase in such incidents between 2016 and 2017.

The resolution was originally meant to deliver a direct rebuke of anti-Semitism following comments by a Muslim Democratic congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, that were deemed anti-Semitic and offensive by many colleagues.

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