GOP senator says Fetterman proves how ‘radical’ Dems have become on Israel: ‘Nuts’

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Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo., told The National Desk Wednesday the apparent rift between Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., and other Democrats shows the growth of a “radical, pro-Hamas” wing within the Democratic Party.

Sen. Fetterman has remained a steadfast supporter of Israel and vocal critic of pro-Palestinian Democrats since the Oct. 7 invasion of Israel by Hamas terrorists. The Pennsylvania senator has been at particular odds with the “Squad,” an ultra-progressive group of House Democrats.

The pushback from Sen. Fetterman has done little to quell anti-Israel sentiment in the House. On Tuesday, 43 Democrats voted against a resolution condemning an anti-Israel phrase as “antisemitic.” Several notable Squad figures, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., opposed the measure.

Only one Republican, Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., joined the 43 Democrats in the effort to block the motion.

I do think it’s telling that the position that Sen. Fetterman has, which is to support Israel, used to be a mainstream Democrat position,” Sen. Schmitt told The National Desk. “But I think the Democratic Party has become so radical that he’s an outlier, which is nuts.”

Sen. Schmitt believes the loud, pro-Palestine voices within the Democratic ranks are having a profound impact on Democratic leadership, including President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. He points to the fact that Sen. Schumer called for new elections in Israel during a Senate floor speech as evidence of that influence.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., shared a similar sentiment during an interview with a digital news outlet Monday night, pointing to the fact that Democratic Party leaders have become more open to the idea of restricting aid to Israel.

I do think it’s important for people to take a pause and realize how much of a dramatic sea change there has been,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said. “The mere notion or suggestion of conditioning U.S. military aid to Israel was unthinkable seven months ago – politically unthinkable … This is a generational change.”

The celebration of a “dramatic sea change” by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is evidence that the pro-Palestine sect of the Democratic Party feels emboldened and empowered to guide the party’s foreign policy, according to Sen. Schmitt.

“I don’t understand it. I think there is a radical, pro-Hamas wing in the Democratic Party,” Sen. Schmitt told The National Desk. “I do think the growing number of voices, of pro-Hamas voices, in the Democratic Party is very concerning, as an American. Take politics out of it.”

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