WATCH: Karine Jean-Pierre Torches the Squad for ‘Repugnant,’ ‘Disgraceful’ Gaza War Comments

October 11, 2023

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday blasted "Squad" Democrats' "repugnant" and "disgraceful" statements in the aftermath of Hamas's terror attacks on Israel over the weekend.

"I've seen some of those statements this weekend, and we're going to continue to be very clear," Jean-Pierre said during a press briefing. "We believe they're wrong. We believe they're repugnant, and we believe they're disgraceful."

"Our condemnation belongs squarely with terrorists who have brutally murdered, raped, kidnapped hundreds, hundreds of Israelis," Jean-Pierre added. "There can be no equivocation about that. There are not two sides here. There are not two sides."

Although the White House came out strongly in support of Israel's campaign against Hamas, multiple members of the progressive Democratic "Squad" issued statements immediately calling for a ceasefire or denouncing Israel.

"I am heartbroken by the ongoing violence in Palestine and Israel, and I mourn the over 250 Israeli and 230 Palestinian lives that have been lost today, and the thousands injured, following attacks by Hamas militants on Israeli border towns and Israeli military bombardment of Gaza," Rep. Cori Bush (D., Mo.) said on X Saturday. "I strongly condemn the targeting of civilians and I urge an immediate ceasefire and de-escalation to prevent further loss of life."

Bush also called for America to "do our part to stop this violence and trauma by ending U.S. government support for Israeli military occupation and apartheid."

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) also called for an end to American aid to Israel.

"I grieve the Palestinian and Israeli lives lost yesterday, today, and every day," Tlaib said in a Sunday statement. "I am determined as ever to fight for a just future where everyone can live in peace, without fear and with true freedom, equal rights, and human dignity. The path to that future must include lifting the blockade, ending the occupation, and dismantling the apartheid system that creates the suffocating, dehumanizing conditions that can lead to resistance."

"As long as our country provides billions in unconditional funding to support the apartheid government, this heartbreaking cycle of violence will continue," Tlaib added.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) denounced Israel's treatment of Palestinians.

"Palestinians have few recourses for justice and accountability," Omar wrote on X Monday. "Attacks by the IDF and settlers against Palestinians are regularly met with impunity. Efforts to seek justice in international courts are stonewalled by the Israeli government, with U.S. support. As the world is condemning Hamas’s attacks, we must also oppose an Israeli military response that has already taken the lives of hundreds of Palestinians, including nearly two dozen children."

Not all progressive Democrats have embraced such rhetoric, however. Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D., N.Y.) denounced a Black Lives Matter chapter in Chicago for its now-deleted post featuring a cartoon image of a man on a paraglider, referencing one method by which Hamas terrorists infiltrated Israel to perform their attacks.

"Disgusting," wrote Bowman on X. "This promotes an act in which innocent civilians were killed. Babies. We need to stand for human life and collective humanity. This does the opposite."