Representative Maxwell Frost (D-Fla.) announced on Tuesday his change of heart regarding a House resolution condemning antisemitism on college campuses. Frost, who was among the 23 lawmakers voting against the resolution last week, expressed his new perspective after engaging in discussions with constituents, local leaders, and students.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Frost acknowledged his error in voting against H.Res. 798. He revealed that his decision was influenced by conversations with his constituents and local leaders, as well as a listening session with students at UCF Hillel’s chapter. Frost admitted that he had failed to properly prioritize the message the resolution aimed to convey – that antisemitism has no place on college campuses or in any community.
Frost initially opposed the resolution due to what he perceived as “falsehoods” included in the text presented by House Republicans. He had hoped for an opportunity to vote for a Senate resolution on the same matter, one he believed did not include these inaccuracies. Concerned about potential restrictions on free speech, he opted to support and co-sponsor the House version of the Senate resolution.
Realizing the gravity of his mistake, Frost now stands firmly against antisemitism and vows to support the Jewish community in combating this hate. He emphasized his commitment to fighting bigotry and working towards peace and safety for all citizens. Frost concluded his statement by expressing his dedication to continued learning and understanding from his constituents.
The representative’s reversal underscores the importance of open dialogue and community engagement in shaping legislative decisions, highlighting the vital role of public input in the democratic process.