A Republican votes against the bill that condemns anti-Semitism

A single vote by a Republican representative to oppose a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in the US House of Representatives has left the community “outraged”.

Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie cast his only vote against the resolution, which passed the House with an overwhelming majority on Wednesday.

The bill received 420-1 bipartisan support, while eight other Republicans abstained from voting.

Stop Antisemitism, an advocacy group and rights watchdog, said, “We are outraged to see Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) simply vote no on a bipartisan House resolution condemning antisemitism.”

Massie did not issue a statement explaining her vote.

The Kentucky representative, who had the backing of Donald Trump, won Tuesday’s primary to run for his sixth term in office.

The resolution called on leaders and elected officials in authority, as well as religious leaders, to use their positions “to condemn and combat any and all manifestations of anti-Semitism.”

He called for recognizing and condemning the “dangerous rise in anti-Semitism globally and in the United States” and how the community is affected by the grotesque spread of misinformation and lies, including blame for the spread of Covid.

He noted that 24 percent of Jewish Americans have been personally targeted by anti-Semitism in the past year.

Florida Democratic Rep. Wasserman Schultz said the bill would send a message that Americans denounce growing hostility toward Jews.

“Our history is woven into the history of the United States through generations of leaders,” he said on the House floor. “However, while we honor the profound impact that American Jewry had on our nation and culture, I must sadly acknowledge that the recognition and understanding that [Jewish American Heritage Month] seeks to foster is critically needed now more than ever.

The resolution was passed amid the observance of American Jewish Heritage Month (JAHM), an annual observance recognized by former President George W. Bush in 2006 for the contributions of the Jewish people in the United States.

It also comes after an armed teenager opened fire at a Buffalo grocery store, killing 10 people in a racially motivated attack.

Investigators have revealed that suspected shooter Payton Gendron was influenced by the “great replacement” theory, which has motivated similar mass murders. The unfounded theory holds that white people are being disenfranchised and driven out of “white nations” by secret forces through immigration, interracial marriage, integration, and violence.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, addressing the House, referred to the Buffalo shooting, saying “we must not rationalize or temporize” anti-Semitism.

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