Political Editors / Mar. 28, 2019

Pence and Pelosi Speak at AIPAC

Pence calls out anti-Semitism within Democrat ranks, while Pelosi seeks to placate Jewish voters.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference Monday, and he called out the Left’s growing anti-Semitism. It was clear by his comments that Pence was referring to freshman House Democrat Ilhan Omar (MN), whom the House failed to rebuke.

Here are some of Pence’s comments:

Now, my friends, we’ve reached a fateful moment in our history. All over the world, anti-Semitism is on the rise — on college campuses, in the marketplace, even in the halls of Congress…

Recently, a freshman Democrat in Congress trafficked in repeated anti-Semitic tropes; alleged congressional support for Israel reflected an “allegiance to a foreign country." Said that Israel had, and I quote, "hypnotized the world.” And she accused Americans who support Israel of being bought off by campaign contributions. Anti-Semitism has no place in the Congress of the United States of America…

As governor of Indiana, I was proud to sign the toughest anti-BDS legislation of any state in the Union. But remarkably, today, all but one Democrat running for president voted against the Combatting BDS Act in the United States Senate. And as I stand before you, eight Democratic candidates for president are actually boycotting this very conference.

So let me be clear on this point: Anyone who aspires to the highest office in the land should not be afraid to stand with the strongest supporters of Israel in America. It is wrong to boycott Israel, and it is wrong to boycott AIPAC.

Also appearing and speaking at AIPAC was Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), which was ironic given her recent failure to directly rebuke Omar over her repeated expressions of anti-Semitism. Pelosi sought to spin the record, however, claiming that “the full House came together to condemn the anti-Semitic myth of dual loyalty and all forms of bigotry.” Remember that “condemnation” was so harsh Omar herself voted for it. In any case, some have wondered if Pelosi’s appearance at AIPAC was designed to be a seen as a warning to Omar, but given the Democrats’ feckless leadership in combating the growing anti-Semitism within their own ranks, it hardly seems likely. Pelosi’s message seems aimed more at Jewish Democrats to assure them that Democrats still have their back. It remains to be seen if the message is believed.

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