Congressman Bishop asked to resign following genocide comment

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WASHINGTON (ABC4 News) –  Utah Representative Rob Bishop (R) is being asked to resign after claiming he is a victim of genocide.

According to the Washington Post, Bishop likened the Green New Deal, a proposed economic stimulus plan that aims to address climate change and economic inequality, to genocide. 

“For many people who live in the West, but also in rural and urban areas, the ideas behind the Green New Deal are tantamount to genocide,” he said during a news conference in DC. 

The Ute Indian Tribe’s business committee says Bishop’s “poor me” attitude is “typical bully behavior.”

The tribe is not happy that Bishop is now “painting himself as a victim” after what they say is years of attacking their tribal lands.

The tribe says Bishop has nothing left to do but complain and say he has “reached a new low.”

The committee says if he can’t take his job seriously he should just resign.

Genocide is defined by the United Nations as “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or
in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing
serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group and forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”

The Ute Tribe says the “theft of Indian lands, cutting a tribe’s cultural, spiritual and economic ties to its land and resources, is well known as an act of genocide against Indian tribes.”

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