Nikki Haley, a Republican presidential candidate and former UN ambassador, lashed out this week at her opponent, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, for campaigning in Iowa with a congressman he she called “the most anti-Israeli Republican there is.”
DeSantis was joined Saturday at a town hall in Johnston, Iowa, by Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., who headlined a series of recent votes in the House of Representatives that saw him side with by a number of Democrats, including the far-left “Squad”, against bills in support of Israel.
“Ron DeSantis – who says that Ukraine is a territorial conflict and that it is an Israeli war, not an American war – turns around and brings a Republican to Iowa who is the most anti-Israel Republican there is,” Haley told a crowd of supporters in Iowa. a campaign event near Des Moines, Iowa, on Sunday.
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“(Massie) voted with the Squad against reporting anti-Semitism on college campuses, voted with the Squad against strikes on presidents who allowed this to happen, and voted with the Squad “, the only Republican, to turn around. and ban the fact that we shouldn’t give $6 billion to Iran for five hostages. He’s the one he brought to Iowa. So let -answer him for that,” she said.
Massie, a self-described libertarian, opposed much of the pro-Israel legislation introduced following the horrific October 7 attacks by Hamas terrorists, which resulted in the deaths of more than 1,200 people , including babies. However, he maintained that he was a supporter of Israel.
Last month, he voted against a resolution reaffirming the right of the nation of Israel to exist, joining Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Democrat of Michigan, and Rep. Cori Bush, Democrat of Missouri, two members of the “Squad.” to oppose the resolution. legislation. In an article on X after the vote, he cited language from the resolution for his decision.
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“I agree with the title ‘Reaffirming the right of the State of Israel to exist’ and much of the language, but I am voting ‘No’ on the resolution because it equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism is deplorable, but expanding it to include criticism of Israel does not help,” he wrote.
Massie also voted last month alongside 22 Democrats against a resolution condemning anti-Semitism on college campuses. He cited concerns about free speech as the reason for his vote.
“Free speech means protecting speech you don’t like, not just speech you like. And who defines anti-Semitism?” he wrote in a post on.
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Additionally, Massie voted against the Prohibiting Iranian Terrorism Funds Act, a bill aimed at freezing funds associated with the Iran Hostage Deal and imposing maximum sanctions on the nation.
“I am voting against HR 5961 because we have no legal or moral authority to freeze or steal the assets of other countries with whom we are not at war. It is also shortsighted for us to use our superpower status to force foreign banks to freeze the assets of sovereign countries,” he wrote on X about his vote.
DeSantis responded to criticism over his appearance with Massie at a campaign event Monday by saying he disagreed with the congressman on foreign relations issues and called him “fundamentally isolationist “.
“He votes against everything that has to do with foreign relations. I don’t agree with that,” DeSantis said. “But you know, my 80% friend is not my 20% enemy, and we need to stop thinking that way as Republicans.”
When reached for comment, DeSantis campaign press secretary Bryan Griffin told Fox News Digital: “Nikki Haley is just trying to distract from his record of inviting refugees from Gaza in the United States and support for American taxpayer dollars going to the Gaza Strip.”
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“Ron DeSantis has been the clearest and most consistent pro-Israel candidate in this race. He unequivocally supported Israel in exterminating Hamas, passed the strictest anti-Iran legislation of any state in “a special session in November and took action to bring Americans back from Israel who were blocked by Joe Biden,” he added.
Fox News Digital has contacted Massie’s office for comment.
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