‘What a Despicable Sham’: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Denounces Five House Democrats as ‘Cowards’ for Helping GOP to Block Yemen Vote
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Wednesday displayed a giant photo of a starving child living through the Saudi-led war in Yemen as the Senate voted overwhelmingly to advance a resolution to end US involvement in the bloody conflict.
Last month, the Senate put forward a resolution calling on the president to pull out US troops stationed in Yemen. But the White House has indicated plans to shelve the measure when it reaches the president’s desk, and has pledged continued support for Saudi Arabia.
On Wednesday, Sanders spoke on the Senate floor about the devastating impact of the war in Yemen while standing next to the harrowing image.
“Yemen is now experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world,” Sanders said. “According to the United Nations, Yemen is at risk of severe famine in more than 100 years, with some 14 million people facing starvation.
While a vote in the U.S. Senate to push forward a War Powers Resolution on Wednesday resulted in applause from peace advocates and critics of U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led assault on Yemen, five Democrats in the U.S. House stirred outrage as they helped Republicans in the chamber pass a rule—attached to massive Farm Bill legislation—that effectively killed the hopes of voting on its version of the resolution for the remainder of the congressional session.
The procedural vote in the Senate, said resolution co-sponsor Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), will help send a message to the world that the chamber will soon end its support for “this brutal, horrific war in Yemen led by an undemocratic, despotic regime.”
But in the House, say critics, the five Democrats—Reps. Jim Costa (Calif.), Al Lawson (Fla.), Collin Peterson (Minn.), Dutch Rupperberger (Md.), and David Scott (Ga.)—sent the exact opposite message by backing the GOP-led effort to kill the resolution.
MSNBC‘s Chris Hayes was just one of the journalists and other experts following the story who expressed outrage about the House vote.
“There is literally no domestic constituency of actual voters who are agitating for the U.S. to continue facilitating the bombardment and starvation of Yemen,” Hayes tweeted. He added, “What a despicable sham.”
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