Recently, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) appeared on CNN, where she spared harsh bipartisan criticism for comments she made about the Israel-Hamas conflict. During the interview, CNN host Dana Bash pressed the House Democrat on why progressives, particularly women, have not spoken out against the sexual violence and atrocities perpetrated by Hamas against females in the aftermath of the October 7th terrorist attack.
During the interview, tensions flared when Jayapal explained her denouncement of the horrific sexual assault committed by Hamas by bringing up the deaths of Palestinians from an Israeli airstrike. Jayapal attempted to equivocate the atrocities, stating that condemnation must be “balanced.” Bash noted that while civilian deaths are horrific, “you don’t see Israeli soldiers r*ping Palestinian women.” Jayapal retorted, “I don’t want this to be the hierarchies of oppression.”
Christine Pelosi, daughter of Former Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, swiftly denounced Jayapul’s comments where she attempted to equivocate the violence on both sides. She said, “I should not have to say this in 2023 but here we are: R*PE IS R*PE. Do not minimize, excuse, “balance” or “both sides” sexual assault – that is victim blaming we have spent decades trying to undo in the laws, the courts and the hearts and minds of the people.”
Fox News political commentator Jessica Tarlov, unapologetically slammed the liberal Congresswoman’s statements, illustrating their immoral nature. She further insinuated that there would be significant political consequences for these kind of statements made by progressive politicians across the board. “This is beyond f*cked up Every single one of these Democratic primaries of the ‘progressives’ is going to be justified,” saidshe .
Former Congressman and political commentator Joe Walsh joined in, condemning the comments made by Jayapul. Walsh criticized the Democrat for refusing to outright denounce the violence and atrocities waged by Hamas. He said, “There’s no “but” @RepJayapal. Hamas is using r*pe & sexual violence against women as weapons of war and Jayapal had neither the decency, fairness, or courage to unequivocally condemn what Hamas did. She had to say “but.” Good on @DanaBashCNN for pushing her.”
In the interview, Jayapul clarified her stance on the ensuing conflict between Israel and the Hamas terrorist group. While she is committed to the idea of eliminating Hamas, Jayapul maintains that she believes creating a state for Palestine and Israel is the most effective solution to pursue. Watch her here:
“Hamas needs to be taken out it is a terrorist,” Jayapul explained. “But I think the way to do that, as many terrorism experts have said, is to create a durable and strong coalition of allies within the Middle East with the United States, with Israel to make sure that we have a long term political solution, that there is an alternative to Hamas to lead in Gaza and to establish a state for Palestinians. This is I mean, we cannot we have to condemn what Hamas did on October 7. We cannot allow for 15,000 Palestinians to date to have been killed three quarters of whom are women and children and say that that is going to help us in the Lord count, listen, morally, Adana, morally, but also strategically for Israel. The only way through this is to create a situation where there is a political solution that involves a Palestinian state and an Israeli.”
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