Do NOT “both sides” this’: Nancy Pelosi’s daughter slams ‘Squad’ Democrat congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s call for ‘balanced’ condemnation of Hamas rapes to shocked CNN host
Nancy Pelosi's daughter joined in condemning Dem 'Squad' MP Pramila Jayapal after making comments on Sunday calling for a “balanced” approach to criticism of Hamas over the rapes of Israeli women.
“Don't minimize, excuse, 'balance' or 'both sides' sexual violence – that's the victim blaming we've spent decades trying to undo in the laws, the courts and in the hearts and minds of the people,” he tweeted Chrisine Pelosi Sunday. afternoon, an apparent light focused on Jayapal.
Prominent cable commentator and Democratic lawyer Dave Aronberg responded to Jayapal by writing, “If you tie yourself in knots defending rapists you have lost your moral authority #RapeIsNotResistance.”
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Democrat Pramila Jayapal was condemned for her comments about the rapes of Israeli women by Hamas during an appearance on CNN Sunday
Jayapal made the offensive comments during an appearance on CNN's State of the Union with Dana Bash, prompting harsh opposition from the host himself.
Bash urged Jayapal to condemn Hamas' barbaric use of sexual violence against Israeli women during the October 7 massacre.
Jayapal, a Washington state representative and member of the so-called “Squad,” said she had previously spoken out against Hamas' brutal crimes against women before returning to a talking point focused on Israel.
Progressive women and women's advocacy groups have been questioned in the aftermath of October 7 for their failure to unequivocally condemn Hamas's use of rape as a weapon of war.
Bash told the congressman, “I want to ask you about sexual violence, and it is quite remarkable that this issue has not received enough attention worldwide. Widespread use of rape, brutal rape and sexual violence against Israeli women by Hamas.
'I've seen a lot of progressive women. In general, they are quick to defend women's rights and speak out against the use of rape as a weapon of war, but downright silent about what we saw on October 7. And what could happen inside Gaza now to these hostages. Why is that?'
Jayapal replied, “I don't know if that's true. I think we always talk about the impact of war on women in particular,” stressing that she specifically condemned the actions of Hamas terrorists.
'But I don't think we should forget that Israel is a democracy. That is why they are a strong ally of ours,” Jayapal continued.
She later added: “Terrorist organizations like Hamas are clearly using these as tools. However, I think we need to be balanced when it comes to initiating the violence against the Palestinians. Israeli air strikes have killed fifteen thousand Palestinians, three-quarters of them women and children.'
Several members of the media watched Jayapal's segment with Bash and criticized the progressive lawmaker's soft stance on terrorists using rape as a weapon of war.
Fox News Democratic strategist Jessica Tarlov called Jayapal's position “beyond f**ked up,” adding that any primary challenge she faces will be well-deserved.
Republican Party defector and former presidential candidate Joe Walsh wrote: “I have always assumed that EVERYONE believed that raping women, engaging in sexual violence against women, and sexually torturing girls as young as 13 is undeniably evil , were wrong and evil. PERIOD OF TIME. NO IF, AND, OR BUT.”
'I didn't realize until October 7 that for @RepJayapal and so many others on the left, there is an exception to this rule when it comes to the rape and sexual torture of JEWISH women and girls.”
Christine Pelosi, a high-profile Democrat and daughter of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, appeared to direct criticism at Representative Jayapal on Sunday, saying that no “both-party” case can be made for Hamas's use of rape as a weapon of war against Israeli women
Jayapal's communications team at one point seemed to realize that the lawmaker's comments had landed her in serious hot water, as in the afternoon her official posted a clip of the interview clarifying that the politician believes that 'Hamas is a terrorist organization that must be eliminated.'
“The way to do that is to create a strong and lasting coalition of allies in the Middle East that will guarantee a Palestinian state while providing safety and security to both Israelis and Palestinians in the region.”
In October, Jayapal voted “present” on a House of Representatives resolution in support of Israel in the wake of the Hamas attacks.
She was previously forced to apologize after facing backlash for calling Israel's government “racist.”
In response to her comments on Sunday, Bash confronted Jayapal about her inability to stay on topic when discussing Hamas' sex crimes.
“With all due respect, I was just asking about the women, and you turned it back to Israel. I'm asking you about Hamas,” Bash said.
“I already answered your question, Dana,” the representative replied. “I said it's horrible, and I think rape is horrible. Sexual violence is terrible. I think it happens in war situations.'
“But you don't see Israeli soldiers raping Palestinian women,” Bash said.
“I don't want this to become the hierarchy of oppression,” the congressman said. “This is not the way we are going to defeat terrorism.”
Images of Israeli 26-year-old Noa Argamani show her being abducted to Gaza on October 7
On the day that more than 1,200 Israelis were killed and hundreds kidnapped, radical Palestinian terrorists also indiscriminately used rape as a weapon of war against innocent Israeli women
Argamani is shown as a hostage in Gaza; she has not yet been released
Progressive women's rights organizations around the world, including those leading the #MeToo movement and most recently those leading the UN Women group, have been harshly criticized for their failure to loudly condemn Hamas's use of mass rape. condemn.
Just last week, almost two months after the horrific October 7 attack, UN Secretary General António Guterres announced that the organization would investigate Hamas's use of sexual violence against Israeli women.
“There are numerous stories of sexual violence during Hamas' abhorrent acts of terror on October 7, which must be vigorously investigated and prosecuted,” he said.
'Gender-based violence must be condemned. Always. Everywhere.'
The UN Women's Organization has previously failed to take a definitive position on Hamas' use of rape against Israeli women.