The progressive House “Squad” is under fire for opposing an Israel resolution. Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) called these young House Democrats a “complete disgrace.” He noted their other controversial positions, such as defunding the police, and their refusal to support a resolution expressing solidarity with Israel after a Hamas attack.
Smith notably called out Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), who supports police defunding despite her city having the highest murder rate per capita in the nation. Smith doubted these Squad members would harbor and defend Jewish killers. This makes them unfit for Congress and a threat to society, he says.
'Squad' Democrats hit for voting against Israel support resolution: 'They want to destroy our society' https://t.co/AzlX4gvmz1
— ruth young (@ruthfyoung) October 27, 2023
Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Summer Lee (D-PA), and Cori Bush (D-MO) opposed the resolution. Reps. Greg Casar (D-TX) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) abstained with a “present” vote. Tlaib justified her vote by saying the resolution was unfair and didn't cover Israel and Palestine.
The House passed “Standing with Israel as it defends itself against the barbaric war launched by Hamas and other terrorists” with 412 yes votes, 10 no votes, six present, and five not voting. All Democrats save Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) voted no, highlighting the party split. Critics say the Squad's unwillingness to approve this resolution shows a lack of compassion for combat victims.