Colorado Democrat apologizes for refusing to condemn Hamas

 October 16, 2023

A Colorado Democrat issued reversed himself late last week after initially refusing to condemn the Iranian-backed terror group Hamas. 

According to The Washington Times, state Rep. Tim Hernandez issued an apology in a statement this past Friday in a statement posted to X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter.

Hernandez says he condemns Hamas "the strongest ways possible"

"I condemn Hamas, and I condemn — in the strongest ways possible — all violence against civilians," the lawmaker declared.

"My heart is heavy for the innocent Israeli and Palestinian lives lost. And I am sorry for the harm I have caused to many in the Jewish community and the Israeli community this week," he added.

Hernandez elaborated in an accompanying video, stressing that "people who are harmed and suffering deserve our respect, and I have to apologize for the way that I caused harm in [the] community by not making that explicitly clear."

Lawmaker refused to condemn massacre

"I got here because of my choices, my online decisions, and because I wasn’t engaged with impacted community members," Hernandez continued.

"I liked tweets that were harmful, and my lack of condemnation when I was asked a question at a rally during a tense exchange left people with a lot of painful questions," he continued.

The controversy surrounding Hernandez began after a video emerged in which the state representative was asked about Hamas days after it went on a bloody rampage that killed over 1,300 people.

Critics call for Hernandez to be expelled

Hernandez's refusal to condemn Hamas quickly let to allegations of antisemitism along with calls for his expulsion from the state legislature.

Allegations also emerged that Hernandez claimed to be "a gangster" and threatened the journalist who had interviewed him.

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