Republican representative from Kentucky cast the only vote against a House resolution honoring Jewish Americans’ heritage and denouncing a rise in violence motivated by antisemitism.
Representative Thomas Massie was the sole vote against the resolution, which passed the House with 420 votes. Although the resolution passed overwhelmingly with bipartisan support, eight Republicans abstained from voting.
The resolution notes that conspiracy theories maligning Jewish people have led to mass killings, particularly 6 million that died at the hands of the Nazis.
Massie is fresh off a landslide Republican primary win on Tuesday, where he notched 75% of the vote. Former President Donald Trump endorsed him in his reelection bid, despite the fact Trump had previously called for Massie to be thrown out of the GOP.
During the early phases of the Covid-19 pandemic, Massie attempted to delay a vote on a $2.2 trillion rescue plan. That irked Trump, who tweeted, “Throw Massie out of Republican Party!” In another tweet, he called the congressman a “third rate grandstander.”
We should spend some time talking about the fact that Donald Trump gave his “complete and total endorsement” to Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie, who today was the only member of congress to vote against a bill to condemn antisemitism.
— Andrew Weinstein (@Weinsteinlaw) May 19, 2022
If we just voted based on the names of the bills, I’d vote for almost all of them.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) May 19, 2022