Dem Rep. Katie Hill on Ilhan Omar: "We Have Elected A Lot Of Strong-Willed And Very Opinionated People"

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Freshman Congresswoman Katie Hill, a Democratic member of the House Oversight Committee, joins "Fox News Sunday" to discuss the House resolution condemning hate in response to comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar, and Michael Cohen's congressional testimony.

When asked by host Chris Wallace about anti-Semitic remarks from Rep. Ilhan Omar, Hill said: "We really want to stay focused on our agenda. There's always going to be distractions."

"[Congress is] 435 people who are really their own boss. They're able to say whatever they want in the world of social media. It's something where you can't control people's speech. Each person has their own priorities and their own opinions," she said. "And we have elected a lot of strong-willed and very opinionated people. So I think what we have to figure out how to do is to say, OK, this isn't the views of everybody in Congress, these are not the priorities of the entire caucus





CHRIS WALLACE: House Democrats, as I say, spent much of last week arguing about Omar's comments about why people support Israel and finally passing a resolution condemning not only anti-Semitism but all forms of hate.

And here was President Trump's reaction.

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I thought yesterday's vote by the House was disgraceful because it's become -- the Democrats have become an anti-Israel party. They've become an anti-Jewish party.

WALLACE: Does the president have a point here given the fact that the whole debate was about Omar's comments that seemed to question why some Americans support Israel and was viewed by some of your colleagues is anti-Semitic and yet the resolution that was finally passed doesn't even mention her?

REP. KATIE HILL (D), CALIFORNIA: No, I don't think that there's any validity to what he's saying. First of all, it was a completely bipartisan resolution. All but 23 members of Congress, all -- the 23 that voted against it were all Republican. It was -- it was completely supported. So it was something that, you know, if you're going to call -- if you're going call something -- you're going to call it something that's, you know, bigoted, whether it's anti-Semitic or anything else, then we should -- we should say that this -- all of this is unacceptable. And that's what we did. And that was -- that was really what the debate was about was, you know, if we're going to condemn one sort of behavior, then, you know, why should we isolated it to one group. We should -- we should condemn all forms.

WALLACE: You say that you -- and you -- I should say that you come from a purple district in California and for 40 of the last 50 years has been represented by Republicans. So this is a very swing district. You say that you came to Washington not to engage in partisan bickering but to get things done. But -- but I want to look briefly, and we'll move on, at Congresswoman Omar and the degree to which she has distracted Democrats.

First, she said this about congressional support for Israel. It's all about the Benjamins, baby. And she later questioned why it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country. Now she's gone after Barack Obama, saying, President Trump's policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies, they were just more polished than he was.

I know that Democrats have passed some bills in the time you've -- you've been here. You passed an -- a major election reform bill this week. Last week you passed a gun control bill. But you've got to admit that there's -- your spending, it's not just the media, you guys are spending a lot of time having to deal with Congresswoman Omar and Tlaib and Ocasio-Cortez.

HILL: Yes, I think that we really want to stay focused on our agenda. There's always going to be distractions. We -- it's 435 people who are really their own boss. They're able to say whatever they want in the world of social media. It's something where you can't control people's speech. Each person has their own priorities and their own opinions. And we have elected a lot of strong -- strong-willed and very opinionated people. So I think what we have to figure out how to do is to say, OK, this isn't the views of everybody in Congress, these are not the priorities of the entire caucus, but how do we maintain focus on our agenda as a whole and, you know, demonstrate that this is not -- this is not indicative of what our agenda is completely.

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