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Schumer blasts House Republican for ‘anti-Semitic’ meme accusing Congress of snubbing ‘American patriotism’

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York accused House Republicans of sharing an “anti-Semitic” meme that suggested Congress was ignoring “American patriotism.”

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) pictured rapper Drake gesturing away from the words “American patriotism” to describe “recent Congresses” and smiling next to the word “Zionism.” Posted a meme to X. American lawmakers as a whole prefer the latter to the former.

“Congressman Massey, you are a sitting member of Congress. This is anti-Semitic, disgusting, dangerous, and exactly the type of content I was talking about in my Senate speech. Please take this down.” Elected Schumer, the highest-ranking Jewish official in American history, wrote in response to Massey’s post.

Massey, who sits on the House Judiciary, Rules and Transportation and Infrastructure committees, countered, “If only you cared as much about the border as I do about my tweets.”

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.N.Y.) answers questions outside the Senate chamber on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023, in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

White House Deputy Director of Communications Harvey Ziskendo echoed Schumer’s criticism of Massey’s meme.

“All Americans, including @HouseGOP leaders, should condemn this vicious anti-Semitism by a sitting member of Congress,” Ziskend wrote about X.

According to NBC News, the office of House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) said President Biden’s efforts “removed more than 100 Democrats who refused to support a resolution condemning anti-Semitism on the House floor today. It would be better spent on blaming.”

Matt Brooks, CEO of the Republican Jewish Federation, asked Massey to work on the meme.

“Let me be clear about this. This post is anti-Semitic (sic). Plain and simple. @RepThomasMassie, shame on you. You are a disgrace to the United States Congress and the Republican Party,” Brooks wrote to X. Ta.

On Wednesday, a House resolution “strongly condemning and condemning the rapid rise in anti-Semitism in the United States and around the world” passed 311-14 with overwhelming support from Republicans, with 92 Democrats present. , 13 people opposed and 13 people were absent. Vote.

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Representative Thomas Massie, Republican of Kentucky, posted a meme suggesting that Congress has “recently” prioritized “Zionism” over “American patriotism.” (Anna Rose Leyden/Getty Images)

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Jewish Democratic Party Reps. Dan Goldman and Jerry Nadler (N.Y.) and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) called the Republican-authored resolution “an attempt by Republicans to weaponize Jewish pain. “This is the latest disingenuous attempt by the United States,” he said, and encouraged his colleagues to vote presently. and the serious issue of anti-Semitism to score cheap political points. ”

Last week, Schumer spoke passionately on the Senate floor about the rise of anti-Semitism in the United States, calling out those on his side of the political spectrum who are trying to justify with demonstrations the October 7 Hamas massacre that killed 1,200 people. denounced. Approximately 240 people from the music festival and kibbutz communities in southern Israel were taken as hostages to the Gaza Strip.

“Many of the people expressing these sentiments in America are not neo-Nazis, card-carrying Klan members, or Islamic extremists. These are people who felt like they were ideological compatriots,” Schumer said. . “Not too long ago, many of us were marching together for Black and Brown lives, standing up against anti-Asian hate, protesting bigotry against the LGBTQ community, and protesting injustice against certain oppressed groups. fought for reproductive justice out of what they saw as an injustice against other groups. But in the eyes of some, those principles do not seem to apply to Jews.”

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.Y.) accused Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) of sharing “anti-Semitic, offensive and dangerous” memes online. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Schumer also said the speech was “not an attempt to label most criticism of Israel and the Israeli government in general as anti-Semitic; I believe that criticism is not. “This is not an attempt to arouse hatred against a group of people.” About another person. ”

Senate majority leader warns against attaching conditions to U.S. aid to Israel, saying conditions would deter the Hamas threat, free hostages, provide humanitarian aid to Gaza, or force Israel to commit civilian deaths. He said that this could reduce the ability to encourage people to minimize their behavior.

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Republican leaders have already refused to attach specific conditions to aid packages to Israel, as the United States does with aid to other allies.

Schumer said the final package needs to be bipartisan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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