Congressman Byron Donalds of Florida blasted the Democratic Party on Wednesday, saying they are a “safe harbor to antisemitic radicals” in the wake of the terror attack on Israel.
The number of U.S. citizens confirmed to have been killed in the Israel-Hamas war has risen to 22, the State Department said Wednesday.
“We cannot be quiet about this anymore. The Democrat Party provides a safe harbor to antisemitic radicals that support the ideology of those who committed the carnage in Israel,” said Donalds. “This isn’t political. This is obvious now more than ever. Pay attention and vote accordingly.”
Over 1,000 people have been killed and over 100 taken hostage by Hamas, the Associated Press reported, with the death toll expected to rise.
On Monday, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina voiced his distain for left-wing members of the House of Representatives, known as “The Squad,” to “shut the hell up” as Israel began military operations against Hamas.
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Democratic Reps. Cori Bush, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman of New York released statements calling for either “de-escalation” or “ending the occupation” after the attacks.
“To the squad, shut the hell up,” Graham told “America Reports” co-host Sandra Smith. “You’re emboldening the enemy, you are a disgrace to the United States Congress. You are siding with terrorists over a democracy called Israel. You have lost your perspective here. I am confident most Democrats do not agree with the squad.”
In May, Tlaib held an event that called the founding of Israel a “catastrophe” in a Senate hearing room after then-House Speaker Kevin McCarthy blocked it from being held in the Capitol building.
Graham also criticized the Biden administration’s policies toward Iran, including its decision to release five American hostages in exchange for access to $6 billion from oil sales that South Korea was holding for humanitarian uses.
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While the Biden administration has claimed that the $6 billion did not fund the Hamas attack on Israel, experts said that the $6 billion held in escrow for humanitarian purposes enabled Iran to use other funds to support terrorism.
Former President Donald Trump led Republicans in blasting the arrangement, calling it a payment of “ransom.”
“Your appeasement policy towards Iran is not working,” Graham said.
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