The Great DEMOCRATIC DODGE: Reps Refusing to Take A Stand Against Antisemitism

The Great DEMOCRATIC DODGE: Reps Refusing to Take A Stand Against Antisemitism 1 WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 29: Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) speaks during news conference discussing the "Shutdown to End All Shutdowns (SEAS) Act" on January 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. Also pictured is Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN). (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON–Michigan Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin this weekend, refused to condemn anti-Semitic remarks made her fellow freshmen Democratic colleagues.

A video posted by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a pro-Republican super PAC, shows Slotkin being confronted about recent comments made by Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Minnesota and Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar.

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The questioner asked Slotkin, “Do you think that because of the recent anti-Semitic tweets or sayings from Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar that they should be censured or reprimanded in any way?”

Slotkin ignored the question and appears to only make a comment about the evening to her two companions.

I think that Elissa Slotkin has a lot that she has to explain to the voters of the 8th congressional district.

CLF has previously gone after Slotkin and other Democrat freshman members of Congress who have not appropriately condemned the anti-Semitic rhetoric from the more radical members of their caucus.

Slotkin had previously told reporters earlier in the month that leftist members of her party, like New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez,  did not “represent” her district or others in their party.

“There’s been an overwhelming focus on a small number of members in our caucus who did not flip seats, who did not help win the House, who are doing what is right for their districts, but who don’t represent our districts, or at least my district,” Slotkin said.

The Michigan Republican Party, however, says that Slotkin owes her constituents an explanation.

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“I think that Elissa Slotkin has a lot that she has to explain to the voters of the 8th congressional district. She said that she would not support Nancy Pelosi for speaker,” Michigan Republican Party Director of Communications Tony Zammit said.

He added, “And by doing a no vote instead of a vote against (Pelosi) I think that she’s let down her district, and she has not spoken out vehemently enough against Rashida Tlaib or Ocasio-Cortez and their radical leftist agenda.”

THE PICKET LINE:

These sixteen freshman Democrats who flipped Trump won districts in 2018 better get used to and good at playing hide-and-seek this year and next. Reporters and activists will want answers to their questions and the Democrats are not moving to the center anytime soon.