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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre slammed members of the far-left “Squad” during Tuesday’s briefing. She called what they said about the war between Israel and Hamas “wrong,” “repugnant,” and “disgraceful.”
When asked for the administration’s reaction to comments made by Democrat Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Cori Bush, Jean-Pierre said: “I’ve seen some of those statements this weekend, and we’re going to continue to be very clear. We believe they’re wrong, we believe they’re repugnant, and we believe they’re disgraceful.”
“Our condemnation belongs squarely with terrorists who have brutally murdered, raped, and kidnapped hundreds, hundreds of Israelis. There can be no equivocation about that. There are not two sides here. There are not two sides,” KJP added.
When Israel and Hamas went to war over the weekend, Tlaib and Bush made statements that caused a lot of anger when they said that the U.S. should stop helping Israel.
Tlaib’s statement said: “I grieve the Palestinian and Israeli lives lost yesterday, today, and every day,” Tlaib’s statement read. “As long as our country provides billions in unconditional funding to support the apartheid government, this heartbreaking cycle of violence will continue.”
Bush’s statement said: “As part of achieving a just and lasting peace, we must do our part to stop this violence and trauma by ending U.S. government support for Israeli military occupation and apartheid.”
On the day of the attacks, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Israelis and many from other countries, including women, children, and babies, both Ocasio-Cortez and Omar called for a “ceasefire” between Israel and Hamas.
Omar also appeared to equate Israeli victims killed by Hamas terrorists this weekend and Palestinians killed in the ongoing Israeli response in a social media thread on Monday.
“Just as we honor the humanity of the hundreds of innocent Israeli civilians and 9 Americans who were killed this weekend, we must honor the humanity of the innocent Palestinian civilians who have been killed and whose lives are upended,” she wrote on X, going on to highlight the hardships of living in Gaza and accusing Israel of operating an “apartheid” state in an attempt to explain violence by Hamas.
“Palestinian residents of the West Bank have scarcely better lives than Gazans — with the routine destruction of their ancestral homes, destruction of their crops, and violent attacks by Israeli settlers,” Omar wrote.
“Palestinians have few recourses for justice and accountability. Attacks by the IDF and settlers against Palestinians are regularly met with impunity. Efforts to seek justice in international courts are stonewalled by the Israeli government, with U.S. support,” Omar added. “As the world is condemning Hamas’s attacks, we must also oppose an Israeli military response that has already taken the lives of hundreds of Palestinians, including nearly two dozen children.”
President Joe Biden was heavily criticized for a series of tweets over the weekend that critics deemed inappropriate as war raged in Israel following a surprise attack by the terrorist group Hamas.
On Sunday morning, for instance, Biden’s X account tweeted about his policy of providing “student debt relief” to some borrowers, which, in and of itself, is highly controversial, even without a new war brewing in the volatile Middle East.
“We’ve never walked away from that sense of possibility that drives this country. Delivering student debt relief to borrowers that need it is about extending the power of possibilities to every American. Not just those at the top,” his account posted.
The tone-deaf untimeliness of the tweet generated no shortage of criticism.
Kristopher J. Anderson of Turning Point Action responded, “Democrats funded the attacks on Israel.”
Another X user wrote: “The world is on fire, and this is what you tweet.. you are the most disgusting human being and president this country has ever had.”
“Americans were murdered and taken hostage in Israel because YOU gave Iran $6 billion dollars on the anniversary of 9/11, and you tweet this dumb shit?” another wrote.
“Israel is under attack and you are worried about shifting people’s education debt to taxpayers??? You are corrupt !!!!!!” said another.