‘The key will be that when we make a mistake like that, conscious or unconscious, that we don’t repeat it. That will be the proof of the pudding…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Despite claiming to condemn freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar’s latest round of anti-Semitic tweets on Monday, House Democrats will not strip the former Somali refugee of her prestigious committee assignments.
“I don’t think she’s anti-Semitic,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told Roll Call. “She did apologize. The key will be that when we make a mistake like that, conscious or unconscious, that we don’t repeat it. That will be the proof of the pudding.”
When asked if Democrats would allow Omar to keep her place on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Hoyer said: “Of course.”
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., also said no further action from Omar is necessary because she “already apologized.”
Omar, who previously caught flack for a tweet suggesting Jews had “hypnotized the world,” walked back several more anti-Semitic tweets on Monday that perpetuated longstanding stereotypes.
They accused the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an influential Jewish lobbying group, of buying congressional support.
“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” Omar wrote in one tweet.
In another, she called out AIPAC directly when pressed over who was paying Congress to promote a Jewish agenda.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other prominent leaders demanded Omar apologize for her “hurtful comments.”
“As Democrats and as Americans, the entire Congress must be fully engaged in denouncing and rejecting all forms of hatred, racism, prejudice, and discrimination wherever they are encountered,” Democratic leaders said in a statement.
Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee also condemned Omar’s anti-Semitic tropes.
“Anti-Semitism in any form is unacceptable, and it’s shocking to hear a Member of Congress invoke the anti-Semitic trope of ‘Jewish money,’” Engel said in a statement.
“I fully expect that when we disagree on the Foreign Affairs Committee, we can debate policy on the merits and never question members’ motives or resort to personal attacks,” Engel said. “Criticism of American policy toward any country is fair game, but this must be done on policy grounds.”
When asked if she thinks she could lose her spot on the Foreign Affairs Committee, Omar told reporters: “Absolutely not.”
In a parallel situation recently involving conservative Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, House Republicans responded to an outcry over King’s questioning the offensiveness of terms like “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” by revoking his committee appointments and unequivocally condemning the remarks.
But a double-standard among Democrats has been at the forefront of political debate recently, particularly as the party struggles to hold accountable the top three leaders in Virginia, all Democrats, whose racial and sexual assault scandals have undermined the Left’s purported zero-tolerance policy.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Republicans “took action” against King and encouraged Democrats to do the same against Omar and her pro-Palestinian freshman colleague, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, over their anti-Semitism.
“If they do not take action, I think you’ll see action from myself,” he said. “This cannot sustain itself. It’s unacceptable in this country.”
Omar’s comments were just as offensive as King’s, if not “more so,” McCarthy said.
In a tweet, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., also called on Democrats to remove Omar from her influential positions.
Good that some Dems have condemned the disgraceful anti-Semitic remarks of Rep. Omar—but their words are empty unless Dem leaders remove her from the Foreign Affairs Committee. No one with her anti-Semitic views should be allowed to represent US foreign policy on that committee.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) February 11, 2019