The Israeli war against Hamas has caused a split in the Democratic Party, with some backing our long-time allies, while others are more sympathetic to the terrorists.
Last week, Congressman Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, criticized the 15 Democrats who voted against a resolution supporting Israel.
Last night, 15 of my Democratic colleagues voted AGAINST standing with our ally Israel and condemning Hamas terrorists who brutally murdered, raped, and kidnapped babies, children, men, women, and elderly, including Americans.
They are despicable and do not speak for our party.
— Rep Josh Gottheimer (@RepJoshG) October 26, 2023
In response, Congressman André Carson of Indiana, who was one of the Democrats who voted against the resolution, called Gottheimer a “coward,” “punk” and “gangster” for his criticism.
Dem tensions over Israel:After Rep Josh Gottheimer called Ds who voted against Israel resolution “despicable,” Rep. Andre Carson calls him a “punk” and “cowardly.”
“If he wants to play some kind of tough guy .. we can handle it like gentleman or we can get into something else.” pic.twitter.com/V439U76SsE
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 29, 2023
From Fox News:
“He’s cowardly. I think he’s not acting in the role as a member of Congress. I think he’s shown himself to be very emotional. I think he’s posturing before the cameras. He postured before caucus, but like most cowardly people, when you confront them, they’re afraid. I’m unafraid of the guy. I’d like to sit down to talk to him. He probably doesn’t want to talk to me,” Carson told CNN.
He added, “There are Americans out there who are deeply opposed to what’s happening. And if he wants to call us despicable, I’m saying he’s a coward. And he’s a punk, and he should remember why the people sent him here and if he wants to play some kind of tough guy, a gangster – we can handle it like gentlemen, or we can get into something else.”
In a statement to CNN, Gottheimer replied, “I’ll sit down with Mr. Carson anytime to talk about how we can bring the hostages home, including all Americans, provide immediate humanitarian aid to Palestinian civilians being used as human shields, and crush Hamas and all terrorists seeking to do us harm.”
Along with Carson, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., Summer Lee, D-Pa., and Cori Bush, D-Mo, Al Green, D-Texas, and Delia Ramirez, D-Ill also voted against the resolution.
Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt chimed in on the rise of anti-Semitism from the far-left.
ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt: "It's clear that the hardened anti-Zionists from the far left are the photo inverse of the white supremacists from the far right. There is no argument anymore that anti-Zionism is antisemitism. I mean, that is as plain as day." pic.twitter.com/EoPpcAHATv
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) October 30, 2023
Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., was the sole Republican who voted against the resolution out of concern that it would deepen the conflict. However, he later explicitly condemned the Hamas attack and supported Israel’s right to defend itself.