(The Hill) Rep Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is drawing criticism for echoing language used by Turkey to deny the Armenian genocide took place. Omar is one of two Democrats who voted present" on a House resolution recognizing the systematic massacres of Armenian-Christians that took place in the early 20th century. The resolution drew widespread bipartisan support in the House passing with a vote of 405 to 11 and was brought to a vote alongside Democratic efforts to sanction Turkey for its incursion into northeastern Syria. In a written explanation for her vote Omar said that the recognition of genocide and mass atrocities should be done outside politics and based on academic consensus" a phrase that Armenian rights groups say Turkish deniers use to sow doubt.
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