Today, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) and Congressman David Kustoff (TN-08) introduced legislation that would combat anti-Semitic hate crimes, and would ensure the perpetrators of these vile attacks are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Leader McCarthy released the following statement calling on Democrats to join Republicans in denouncing anti-Semitism, and taking action to stop these abhorrent crimes:
“Over the past several weeks a growing number of House Democrats wrongly blamed the violence in the Middle East on Israel. In fact, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Cori Bush irresponsibly tried to delegitimize our closest ally in the region, calling it an ‘apartheid state.’
“Within days, this same sentiment of bigotry spilled into several major U.S. cities. Graphic videos showed pro-Hamas mobs intentionally target random Americans simply because they were Jewish.
“These hateful attacks contradict the very essence of our nation’s core principles. Yet socialist Democrats continue to endorse and promote repulsive anti-Semitic rhetoric, while Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer refuse to unambiguously condemn the unhinged statements from members of their own party.
“This follows more than four years of abhorrent smears from Democrats, including then-candidate Biden and Whip Clyburn, who frequently equated President Trump and Republicans to Hitler and Nazis, diminishing the atrocities of the last century for cheap political talking points.
“In the face of rising anti-Semitism, we cannot turn a blind eye. Jewish Americans deserve not just rhetorical support, but legislative action ensuring that perpetrators of these vile attacks are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. That is why Republicans introduced a bill today that would make combating anti-Semitic hate crimes a priority for law enforcement.
“Republicans stand against these toxic attacks on Jewish-Americans. The entire House must do the same.”