The Squad Teams Up With Terror Group?

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( – Representative Jason Smith, a Republican from Missouri, sharply criticized the decision of some House Democrats not to vote in favor of condemning Hamas and affirming the U.S.’s support for Israel. Speaking on a recent episode of “The Brian Kilmeade Show,” Smith called out these Democrats, labeling them a “total disgrace.” He singled out Cori Bush, a Democrat who also represents a district in his home state of Missouri, critiquing her stance on defunding the police and calling the Democrats’ actions irrational.

Smith was referencing a recent vote on House Resolution 771, a measure aimed at condemning an attack on Israel that took place on October 7, attributed to Hamas. The resolution also aimed to reaffirm the U.S.’s steadfast support for Israel. The bill received almost unanimous approval, passing with a tally of 412 to 10, with six abstentions.

Among those who voted against the resolution were several members of the progressive “Squad” in the House. Specifically, the group included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Jamaal Bowman of New York, Summer Lee of Pennsylvania, and the aforementioned Cori Bush of Missouri. They were joined by Andr√© Carson of Indiana, Al Green of Texas, and Delia Ramirez of Illinois. Two other “Squad” members, Greg Casar of Texas and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, along with a few other Democrats, abstained from voting.

In contrast, one Republican, Thomas Massie from Kentucky, voted against the resolution but made it clear that his decision was motivated by concerns that the resolution might exacerbate the conflict, not by a lack of support for Israel.

The divergent views in Congress on this matter highlight the ongoing debate over U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, with the events prompting impassioned responses from all sides of the political spectrum.

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