Not a single one.
President Trump previously announced that the United States would be leading the international community in officially recognizing Jerusalem as the rightful capital of Israel, becoming the first of several countries to do so. The administration subsequently made history on Monday when it opened the new United States embassy.
The opening ceremony was attended by more than a dozen members of the Trump administration and Republican members of Congress.
But where were Democrats during this historic incident?
Big day for Israel. Congratulations!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2018
As Breitbart reports, not one single elected Democrat attended the ceremony:
Four U.S. Senators addressed members of the press at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem on Monday morning, hours before the official relocation of the U.S. embassy — and all four were Republicans.
Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Dean Heller (R-NV), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Mike Lee (R-UT) made the trip, along with ten Republican U.S. Representatives — but not one Democrat joined the U.S. delegation for the embassy event.
Only former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) — who was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000 before being rejected by his party in 2006 for his support of the Iraq War — came to Jerusalem to join in the festivities.
Two journalists asked the Republican Senators why no Democrats had come.
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Sen. Cruz said: “That is a sad, sad manifestation — I wish we had every member of Congress here … every member of Congress had the option before them to come.”
“On December 6th, 2017, at my direction, the United States finally and officially recognized Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel. Today we follow through on this recognition and open our embassy in the historic and sacred land of Jerusalem.” #USEmbassyJerusalem pic.twitter.com/lne5FB7sB8
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 14, 2018
Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. By finally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the United States has chosen fact over fiction. And fact is the only true foundation for a just and lasting peace. https://t.co/u4wNzgrYP4
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 14, 2018
Senator Graham clarified that no congressional members were specifically invited by the administration but were free to attend on their own accord. “It’s not for me to tell you what that says,” Graham added, per the report. “It hurts me.”
“There’s too much going on in this region to send mixed signals,” Graham said of his Democrat colleagues’ unwillingness to show support for the transition.
.@USAmbIsrael: “Today’s historic event is attributed to the vision, the courage, and the moral clarity of one person to whom we owe an enormous and eternal debt of gratitude: President Donald J. Trump.” https://t.co/GgvWN7JV2C pic.twitter.com/pfXeQB704Z
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 14, 2018
Here’s more from former Independent Senator Joe Lieberman:
Breitbart News spoke to Sen. Lieberman separately and asked him whether he was disappointed that no Democrats had come to the embassy opening.
“I’m not disappointed, but I’m surprised, because support for it has been broadly bipartisan.”
He recalled: “I was part of the group that worked to pass the Jerusalem Embassy Act in 1995. There was Bob Dole and John Kyl on the Republican side, and myself and Pat Moynihan on the Democratic side, and it got 95 votes.
“I don’t want there to be a misimpression that this is a partisan act. And I would hope that Democrats understand that this is not a pro-Trump rally. It is a pro-U.S.-Israel partnership, alliance rally.”
The historic embassy move comes amid President Trump rolling back the Iran nuclear deal – a deal supported by most Democrat lawmakers and was signed into law by former President Obama – and in preparation for announcing a regional peace agreement.
— Department of State (@StateDept) May 12, 2018
As both Senator Graham and Cruz explain, the Trump administration is making clear their intention to support the country of Israel while tensions run high in the region:
Lee praised President Trump’s courage in deciding to move the embassy, as did Sen. Heller.
“Except for President Trump … and his promises made and promises kept during the last campaign, we wouldn’t be here today,” Heller said.
Sen. Cruz also praised Trump, likening his decision to that of President Harry S. Truman — a Democrat — to recognize Israel 70 years ago, 11 minutes after it declared independence.
Graham agreed, calling the president’s decision to move the embassy a “strong, bold move, not just by the president but by the American people.”
“[Trump] has a new way about him,” Graham added. He’s not stuck into the swamp, for lack of a better word.”
“If you have a problem with Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, I tell people in South Carolina somewhat jokingly, take it up with God,” he said.
Asked how the embassy move served American interests, Graham said, “In a time of great turmoil and doubt, where the region in fracturing in many fissures, this is a certain statement that I think will give the region more certainty about who America is.
“Look at this as the cavalry coming in a symbolic and substantive way,” the Republican Senator added.