Republican National Committee members are set to vote on a resolution this week condemning not just antisemitism, but Ye, better known as Kanye West, and other conservative provocateurs who have made antisemitic remarks. The resolution was filed by California national committeeman Shawn Steel, an Orange County attorney and past California Republican Party chair who said in an interview that he did not want a handful of antisemitic “nitwits” to represent the GOP.
Steel’s decision to urge his RNC colleagues to speak out against antisemitism follows Donald Trump’s dinner meeting last fall with Ye and white nationalist Nick Fuentes. The resolution, first reported by POLITICO, does not mention Trump, but condemns Ye, Fuentes and conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos by name. So far, 30 members — more than RNC rules require to advance the resolution — have signed on as co-sponsors, Steel said.
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Steel includes Democratic reps Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib in his list of antisemitic figures, doubtlessly so that RNC members would be more likely to support the resolution. This week’s RNC meeting will also include the vote for chairperson, potentially resulting in the ouster of Ronna McDaniel.
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