The Republican National Committee on Friday passed a resolution opposing “all forms” of anti-Semitism, including those that come from within one’s own party.
“Anti-Semitism has no place in our political party, in American politics or in any political discourse,” says the resolution, which was approved by committee members on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The GOP’s sweeping rebuke of the Jewish people condemns two right-wing celebrities who have used their platforms to spread anti-Semitic hate, rapper Ye (formerly Kanye West) and white nationalist Nick Fuentes. Fuentes and Ye recently had dinner last November with former President Donald Trump, but Trump is not mentioned in the document.
Several House Democrats are also criticized in the resolution.
Yes, Fuentes censured by the GOP
Ye, a 2024 presidential candidate, and Fuentes, a Holocaust denier and leading figure on the far right, were denounced by the GOP for repeated statements that are “anti-Semitic, shameful, wrong, offensive, bigoted and contrary to American principles and Republicans”. stated in the resolution.
Ye’s comments praising Hitler have been offered as examples for his censure.
An insensitive comment by Fuentes about Jews in concentration camps during the Holocaust was cited as the reason for his censure.
Trump had dinner with Ye, Fuentes
Both Ye and Fuentes had dinner with Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in November. The former president said he was initially only supposed to dine with Ye, who was fervently supportive. According to Trump, the rapper “unexpectedly” brought Fuentes and two others to have dinner with him at Mar-A Lago.
The dinner drew sharp rebukes from both sides of the aisle, who said they suggested the former president is still willing to embrace and affiliate with supporters with extremist and racist views.
Read the resolution
Several Democrats in the House were also denounced
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; and Cori Bush, D-Mo., were also accused of anti-Semitism in the GOP resolution.
The party cited Bari Weiss’ book, “How to Fight Anti-Semitism,” saying that to be a “good progressive” one must “distort Jewish history and disavow the Jewish state.”
The Democratic National Committee did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.
Contributor: Sarah Elbeshbishi
This article originally appeared in USA TODAY: Ye, Nick Fuentes Suppressed by GOP in Anti-Semitism Resolution