Pence says Congress should expel Ilhan Omar over antisemitic tweet

Elias Hubbard
February 15, 2019

Which is typical: Omar and fellow freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich) continually excuse their over-the-line language as mere criticism of Israel.

In a pair of tweets over the weekend, the Minnesota Democrat, who is one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, criticised the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. He later deleted the tweet, though he denied it was anti-Semitic.

Clinton took to Twitter on Tuesday to call out the president for criticizing Omar, citing what she says is his "embrace of white nationalism" and "exploitation & amplification of anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, racist, xenophobic, anti-LGBTQ hate".

Omar was roundly criticized for her comments, with AIPAC among those responding.

The Minnesota Democrat apologized on Monday after she ignited a firestorm with her tweets suggesting United States support of Israel is motivated by money. "Americans of all political stripes must reject this transparently cynical effort by President Trump and Congressional Republicans to stifle and intimidate" diverse voices.

The congresswoman wrote on Twitter that McCarthy's statements had been "all about the Benjamins". "I do want your support but I don't want your money". "But to go a step further and retweet someone declaring their pain at her sentiment is simply unacceptable". "It's gone on too long and we must be willing to address it". Later she implied in a second tweet she believed AIPAC was paying USA politicians to support Israel. "My support for Israel is based upon our shared values, our national security interests, and the history of the region".

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) told CNN this morning he accepts Rep. Omar Ilhan's (D-MN) apology for her controversial tweets about the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC. "They need to be condemned by all in our party".

While she said that she was "grateful" for being educated "on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes", she doubled down on her criticism of the lobbying industry, which she said holds sway in U.S. politics. "But these efforts have failed". Omar said she had no intention of offending anyone, including Jewish Americans, when she insinuated that lobbyists were paying lawmakers to support Israel.

"We must speak out when any Member-Democrat or Republican-uses harmful tropes and stereotypes, levels accusations of dual loyalty, or makes reckless statements like those yesterday", the representatives wrote.

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