‘She is being targeted just like many civil rights icons before us…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Rep. Ilhan Omar’s leftist allies rushed to the Minnesota Democrat’s defense as congressional leaders prepared a resolution condemning her anti-Semitism only to send it to committee indefinitely.
Omar has doubled down on a common anti-Semitic trope about dual allegiances, accusing pro-Israel lawmakers of selling their loyalty to the Israel lobby.
Omar claimed the accusation was a criticism of Israel’s policies, but several Democrats made it clear that invoking the stereotype was “unacceptable and deeply offensive,” as Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., said on Twitter.
Our democracy is built on debate, Congresswoman! I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee. The people of the 5th elected me to serve their interest. I am sure we agree on that! https://t.co/gglAS4FVJW
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 3, 2019.
In response, Democratic leadership prepared a resolution they intended to introduce to the House floor on Wednesday, condemning Omar’s statements without naming her.
Instead, after a closed-door meeting in which members of the Congressional Black Caucus voiced objections, it was sent to the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said the resolution was unprecedented and should be used as a “last resort.”
“‘Calling out’ is one of the measures of last resort, not 1st or 2nd resort,” she on Twitter on Tuesday. “We do it when repeated attempts to ‘call in’ are disrespected or ignored. And I believe that Ilhan, in her statement a few weeks ago, has demonstrated a willingness to listen+work w/impacted communities.”
One of the things that is hurtful about the extent to which reprimand is sought of Ilhan is that no one seeks this level of reprimand when members make statements about Latinx + other communities (during the shutdown, a GOP member yelled “Go back to Puerto Rico!” on the floor). https://t.co/MwrRN4v4DG
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 5, 2019
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., also defended Omar for speaking out about “oppressive policies.”
“[Omar] is being targeted just like many civil rights icons before us,” Tlaib said.
Liberty Headlines’ Ben Sellers contributed to this report.