In a recent political clash within the House of Representatives, House Democrats found themselves embroiled in a heated exchange over a resolution in support of Israel amid its conflict with Hamas. The dispute stems from Hamas’s deadly terrorist attacks on Israeli soil that occurred earlier this month.
One of the focal points of this dispute emerged during an interaction between CNN’s Manu Raju and Representative Andre Carson (D-IN), one of only nine Democrats who voted against the resolution. In the exchange, Rep. Carson lashed out at Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) for his social media post, in which he criticized the Democrats who opposed the measure.
Carson accused Gottheimer of acting emotionally and labeled him a coward and a punk. He challenged Gottheimer to remember his duty as a member of Congress and suggested that they resolve their differences either as gentlemen or in another manner.
On his part, Rep. Gottheimer had previously criticized the nine Democrat holdouts, including some members of the progressive “Squad,” as well as six others who voted “present.” Gottheimer called these Democrats despicable and emphasized that they did not represent the party’s stance.
The dispute has brought to light deep divisions within the Democratic Party over foreign policy and the U.S.-Israel relationship. The resolution in question aimed to express support for Israel and condemn the actions of Hamas, which has been designated a terrorist organization by multiple countries and international entities, including the United States and the European Union.
CNN’s Manu Raju reported on the exchange during the “Inside Politics” program on Sunday. During the segment, he shared a statement from Rep. Gottheimer in response to Rep. Carson’s remarks.
This incident underscores the challenges faced by the Democratic Party in maintaining a united front on foreign policy issues, particularly those related to Israel and the Middle East. The contrasting viewpoints within the party raise questions about the future direction of its foreign policy agenda and how it aims to address complex and contentious international conflicts.
Dem tensions over Israel:After Rep Josh Gottheimer called Ds who voted against Israel resolution “despicable,” Rep. Andre Carson calls him a “punk” and “cowardly.”
“If he wants to play some kind of tough guy .. we can handle it like gentleman or we can get into something else.” pic.twitter.com/V439U76SsE
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 29, 2023