New York Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin slammed Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi clamming that she showed her “horrible judgment” when she invited a Texas imam, who previously compared Israel to the Nazis, to give the opening prayer last week at the House of Representatives.
On Sunday, while giving an interview with “Fox & Friends,” Rep. Zeldin, who first took office in 2015 and is Jewish himself, went after Nancy Pelosi for inviting Texas Imam Omar Suleiman to give the House’s opening prayer, torching her move and pointing out that Suleiman’s comparison of “Israel to Nazis” should’ve been a cue for the Dems to “find another imam.”
“Either the Speaker’s office did not vet this imam at all, or worse, they did vet the imam and then decided that it would have been okay for the imam to come onto the floor of the House of Representatives anyway.” he said.
“Let’s just say all you found is that he compares Israel to Nazis, that would be enough to tell that member or other members of that caucus ‘how about you find another imam if you want to have an imam to give an opening prayer?’” He added.
Rep. Zeldin continued to say that the issues surrounding Suleiman that host Pete Hegseth “pointed out” previously, such as “comparing Israel to terrorists, calling for a third Palestinian intifada, or many posts on social media that are supportive of Muslim Brotherhood,” made Nancy Pelosi’s choice to give him the opening prayer “a bad call” as he blasted the House speaker as having “horrible judgment.”
“And after the 2019 that we’ve had so far, where members of their own caucus are pushing anti-Semitism and anti-Israel hate, it was bad judgment,” Zeldin added.
As Fox News reported, Suleiman had posted a few posts on social media supporting the “3rd Intifada” during the conflict between Israel and Hamas in 2014.
“God willing on this blessed night as the 3rd Intifada begins, the beginning of the end of Zionism is here. May Allah help us overcome this monster, protect the innocent of the world, and accept the murdered as martyrs.” the Imam wrote.
Rep. Zeldin’s remarks came after Nancy Pelosi introduced imam Suleiman to give the opening prayer of the House on Thursday. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson had invited Suleiman to give the prayer.