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Pelosi and Tarlov among Dems who slammed Jayapal for sick response to Hamas rapes: ‘This is beyond f*cked up’


U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal earned a new level of backlash after appearing to call for balance when speaking about rapes and sexual assaults committed by Hamas terrorists.

The Washington Democrat who has earned bipartisan criticism for her ongoing anti-Israel stance in the continuing Middle East conflict came under heavy fire from all sides, including the left, who found her comments on CNN to be, among other things, “beyond f*cked up.”

On “State of the Union” Sunday, CNN’s Dana Bash asked the far-left “Squad” member why some “progressive women” have been “downright silent on what we saw on October 7,” referring to the day Hamas terrorists descended on Israel, brutally killing over 1,300 civilians.

“I want to ask you about sexual violence, and it’s kind of remarkable that this issue hasn’t gotten enough attention, globally. Widespread use of rape, brutal rape, sexual violence against Israeli women by Hamas,” the CNN host said.

“I’ve seen a lot of progressive women, generally speaking, they’re quick to defend women’s rights and to speak out against using rape as a weapon of war, but downright silent on what we saw on October 7. And what might be happening inside Gaza right now to these hostages. Why is that?” Bash asked.

“I mean, I don’t know that that’s true. I think we always talk about the impact of war on women in particular. In fact, I remember 20 years ago, I did a petition around the war in Iraq,” Jayapal replied.

“Have you talked about it since October 7?” Bash asked.

“Absolutely, and I’ve condemned what Hamas has done,” the congresswoman insisted.

“Specifically against women?” Bash pressed.

“Absolutely, the rape, the – of course. But I think we have to remember Israel is a democracy. That is why they’re a strong ally of ours. And if they do not comply with international humanitarian law, they are bringing themselves to a place that makes it much more difficult strategically for them to be able to build allies, to keep public opinion with them, and morally, we cannot say that one war crime deserves another. That is not what international humanitarian law says,” Jayapal said.

To her credit, Bash pushed back.

“With respect, I was just asking about the women, and you turned it back to Israel. I’m asking you about Hamas,” Bash said.

Jayapal insisted she had already answered the host’s question, adding, “we have to be balanced about bringing in the outrages against Palestinians. Fifteen thousand Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air strikes, three-quarters of whom are women and children.”

“And it’s horrible,” Bash said. “But you don’t see Israeli soldiers raping Palestinian women.”

“I don’t want this to be the hierarchies of oppressions,” Jayapal continued to make her point.

Fiery condemnation rained down on the Democrat on social media where conservatives, unsurprisingly, tore her apart. But it was outrage from Jayapal’s own side of the political divide that spoke loud and clear on X, such as the stinging words from Fox News host Jessica Tarlov.

“RAPE IS RAPE,” declared former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, Christine Pelosi, who also came under some criticism for not naming Jayapal directly.

And others joined the deserved pile-on.

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