California Rep. Sara Jacobs (D) has introduced a resolution to censure Florida Rep. Brian Mast (R). The resolution comes after both Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) and Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R) have been the subject of censure resolutions.
Rep.Mast now finds himself at the receiving end of a resolution to censure him after Jacobs accused him of making “inflammatory statements regarding innocent Palestinian civilians in Gaza.” Citing a speech Mast gave last Wednesday, Jacobs argued that Mast “inexcusably compared innocent Palestinian civilians… to ‘Nazi’ collaborators that perpetrated the Holocaust against the Jewish people.”
Jacobs argued that his “refusal to distinguish innocent Palestinians from Hamas terrorists is false, misleading, dehumanizing, dangerous, and unbecoming of a member of Congress.” She further expressed that Mast’s comments “can be reasonably construed as inviting the targeted murder of innocent Palestinians, fanning the flames of violence and the Middle East and violating the international rules of war.”
In his speech on the House floor, Mast made the controversial comments when defending an Israeli aid bill. He expressed that “when we look at this, as a while, I would encourage the other side to not lightly throw around the idea of innocent Palestinian civilians. I don’t think we would so lightly throw around the term innocent Nazi civilians.”
The war between Israel and Hamas has divided Congress.
Last week, a resolution to censure Rep. Tlaib was tabled after some Republicans joined Democrats in voting against it. This has sparked a rivalry between Rep. Greene and Texas Rep. Chip Roy (R), who voted against the resolution.
Lawmakers are now set to vote on a resolution to censure Rep. Greene.
In response to the resolution to censure Tlaib being tabled, Greene will reintroduce the resolution. Greene cites Tlaib’s recent comments of President Biden “supporting the genocide of the Palestinian people” by supporting Israel.