Dem Congressman Condemns Colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar For ‘Hateful and Offensive Tropes’

Elias Hubbard
February 11, 2019

Greenwald had criticized House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-CA) for his comments to Breitbart News Saturday and other outlets, accusing Democrats of double standards in their reluctance to punish Omar and other Democrats for antisemitic rhetoric when they had eagerly censured Rep. Steve King (R-IA) for racist language.

The Representative for Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, retweeted a post Sunday implying that she believed the Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), was paying American politicians to hold pro-Israel positions.

"I'm one of those American Jews who opposes the occupation, laments Israel's anti-democratic drift, and doesn't regard the country as especially central to my Jewish identity", he said.

Another day, another anti-Semitic controversy for freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.).

Comedian Sarah Silverman responded, "I truly don't think she meant it that way AT ALL, but I'm surprised she's earnestly not aware of the people that will absolutely take it that way".

Omar continued tweeting in the face of widespread criticism, even retweeting and then deleting a post which accused her of anti-Semitism. "She might as well call us hook-nosed".

A fellow Democrat, Max Rose (Staten Island/Brooklyn), fumed on Twitter, "When someone uses hateful and offensive tropes against people of any faith, I will not be silent".

After the Opinions Editor at The Forward, Batya Ungar-Sargon, tweeted: "Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can guess. But to go a step further and retweet someone declaring their pain at her sentiment is simply unacceptable".

And Chelsea Clinton tweeted in response to Omar, "We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism". "She might as well call us hooked-nosed".

AIPAC has issued the following statement: "We are proud that we are engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the U.S. -Israel relationship".

Meghan McCain, the daughter of the late US Senator John McCain, encouraged Clinton, saying, "Thank you, Chelsea - antisemitism on all sides, in all spaces, no matter how uncomfortable should always be called out and condemned".

In an interview with CNN last week, Omar said it was "exciting" that her anti-Semitic views were sparking debate "finally able to have conversations that we weren't really willing to".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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