Netanyahu faces Dem ire in wake of Iran address
Published March 03, 2015 | FoxNews.com
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought lawmakers of both parties to their feet Tuesday morning during a controversial address to a joint meeting of Congress -- but that didn't stop Democrats still fuming over his visit from continuing their attacks, not only against the invitation but his message, as well.
"I resent the condescending tone," Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., said during a lengthy press conference where House Democrats sounded off over the speech Tuesday afternoon.
The tense press conference represented just a snapshot of the politically charged environment on Capitol Hill, even after the Israeli leader's address.
Yarmuth accused Netanyahu of "fear-mongering" and said: "Now he can go home."
Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., leveled the same accusation.
"If you can make the people afraid, you can make them do anything," he said. "That's what Prime Minister Netanyahu was doing. He was trying to make people afraid."
Others at the press conference were more sympathetic to Netanyahu's warnings about Iran.
It remains unclear what impact the speech will have. Democrats are angry in large part over the process -- House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu without involvement from the White House, which is considered a breach in protocol.
Dozens of Democrats boycotted the speech in protest. Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice went so far in recent days as to call Netanyahu's speech "destructive" to U.S.-Israeli ties -- though administration officials have since toned down their characterization of his visit.