‘It is dangerous for Democrat leadership to stay silent on this reckless language…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Leftist Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., found herself yet again apologizing for what she claimed was unintentional offense after a series of hostile, anti-Semitic comments she tweeted Monday.
“Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes,” Omar wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. “My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole.”
However, after claiming to have unequivocally apologized, Omar immediately qualified that apology with another attack. “At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics,” she said.
This round of Jewish attacks from the former Somali refugee found her targeting the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an influential Jewish lobbying group, as the source of pro-Israel sentiments in Congress.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019
Omar’s comments tied into longstanding stereotypes about Jews using their wealth to gain influence and access in political circles—in this case to promote the U.S.’s long-standing alliance with the Jewish nation of Israel.
Rep. Max Rose, D-N.Y., said Omar’s comments were uncalled for and unnecessary.
“Congresswoman Omar’s statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself,” he said in a statement.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has rebuked Omar several times for anti-Semitic comments she has made both in the past and since joining Congress.
In November 2012, Omar tweeted: “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
McCarthy said Omar’s comments, along with Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s, D-Mich., were over the line, noting that it’s possible to be critical of the Israeli government without being anti-Semitic.
“I think this will not be the end of this, and if they do not take action then I think you will see action from myself. It’s unacceptable in this country, especially when you sit back and think about and listen to what this country went through in World War II,” he said.
In another tweet from Sunday, Omar suggested McCarthy’s criticism stemmed from Jewish lobbying money.
It’s all about the Benjamins baby 🎶 https://t.co/KatcXJnZLV
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 10, 2019
“Anti-Semitic tropes have no place in the halls of Congress,” McCarthy said in a statement afterwards. “It is dangerous for Democrat leadership to stay silent on this reckless language.”
AIPAC also responded to Omar’s comments.
“We are proud that we are engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the U.S.-Israeli relationship,” the group said in a statement. “Our bipartisan efforts are reflective of American values and interests. We will not be deterred in any way by ill-informed and illegitimate attacks on this important work.”