House Speaker Pelosi tried to brush aside the controversial comments from Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., that got criticism from fellow Dems for comparing the U.S. and Israel to the Taliban and Hamas.
In her appearance on CNN, Nancy Pelosi said that Omar was a “valued member of the caucus., and said she is happy with Omar’s recent “clarification” of her comments.
“Members did become anxious when the social media post was put out saying the United States was comparable to Hamas and the Taliban … and then the lawmaker clarified, and we thank her for her clarification., Pelosi said.
“We have witnessed unthinkable atrocities being committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban., Omar said on twitter on Monday. “I asked Attorney General Blinken where are the people supposed to go to get justice.”
Following responses from both Democrats and Republicans, Omar said she was “in no way comparing terrorist groups with democratic nations.”
That was all it took to satisfy Pelosi.
“What I am saying is, end of subject., Pelosi said Sunday. “We thanked her and end of subject.”
Pelosi mentioned several other topics during her interview, including Democrats’ voting reform bill H.R. 1. The bill, which would trigger changes to how states perform their elections for federal offices, is facing an uphill battle as Democrat Senator Joe Manchin has said he will not support the measure.
In an op-ed article for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Manchin said that not a single Republican was favoring the bill, and that election changes “must be from both Democrats and Republicans uniting to find a pathway forward.”
Pelosi responded that she was not discouraged by the op-ed article, saying she thinks Manchin “left a door open” for altering his stance on the controversial bill.
“I do not give up on Manchin., she said.
Author: Scott Dowdy