Rep. Thomas Massie was condemned by prime Democrats and the White Home Tuesday for sharing a Drake-inspired meme that instructed Congress embraces Zionism greater than American patriotism.
The Kentucky Republican’s put up on X confirmed one picture of the rapper holding his hand up and looking out away with the captions “Congress nowadays” and “American patriotism.”
In one other picture, Drake is seen smiling and pointing towards one other caption that reads: “Zionism.”
The meme, which has been considered greater than 3 million occasions, earned the scorn of the Biden administration.
“All People – together with @HouseGOP management – ought to condemn this virulent Antisemitism from a sitting member of Congress,” White Home communications director Herbie Ziskend tweeted.
Massie was the one Republican to vote in opposition to a GOP-backed decision condemning antisemitism that handed the Home Tuesday 311-14.
13 Democrats additionally voted in opposition to the decision, and 92 Democrats voted current over considerations the decision acknowledged “anti-Zionism is antisemitism.”
One Home Democrat who supported the decision, Rep. Ritchie Torres, additionally criticized Massie.
“Thomas Massie, a Home Republican, is pitting American patriotism in opposition to Zionism,” Torres tweeted. “Most People are each pro-America and pro-Israel and see no contradiction between the 2.”
Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer additionally blasted Massie and urged him to take away the put up that’s been preferred 26,000 occasions.
“Rep. Massie, you’re a sitting Member of Congress,” the New York Democrat mentioned on social media. “This is antisemitic, disgusting, harmful, and precisely the kind of factor I used to be speaking about in my Senate handle.”
Schumer addressed the US Senate final week the place he sounded the alarm over an disturbing spike in antisemitism for the reason that Hamas Oct. 7 terror assault on Israel that’s led the Jewish state to launch a navy marketing campaign in Gaza.
However Massie was defiant in a follow-up tweet to Schumer.
“If solely you cared half as a lot about our border as you do my tweets,” he mentioned.
Home Speaker Mike Johnson’s workplace instructed NBC Information the White Home “could be higher spent condemning the 100+ Democrats who refused to help a decision condemning anti-Semitism in the present day on the Home flooring” in response to the Biden administration urging GOP leaders to sentence Massie.
Jewish Democratic Reps. Dan Goldman and Jerry Nadler, of New York, and Jamie Raskin, of Maryland inspired fellow Dems to solely vote current on the decision Tuesday.
“At this time’s Decision … is simply the most recent unserious try by Republicans to weaponize Jewish ache and the intense drawback of antisemitism to attain low cost political factors,” the trio mentioned in an announcement.
“Amongst different issues with this decision, H. Res. 894 doesn’t account for the complexity of Judaism itself and ignores nuanced examples such because the Satmar sect, a Hasidic Jewish motion, which stays staunchly anti-Zionist and fairly clearly just isn’t antisemitic.”
The Home overwhelmingly authorized a decision final week that affirmed Israel’s proper to exist. Massie and Democrat Rashida Tlaib have been the one no votes on that decision.