‘I failed you because I know that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s comments really caused you all a lot of pain…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) A freshman Democrat apologized for Rep. Ilhan Omar’s continued use of anti-Semitic slurs, saying he was “horrified” and “sad” that the Minnesota Congresswoman has repeatedly offended the Jewish community — yet still defended her keeping her position on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“As a young congressman, I’ve got to tell you I’m sorry,” Rep. Max Rose, D-N.Y., said at an event organized by the Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island, according to the Jewish Insider.
“You sent me to Congress to take responsibility. You sent me to Congress to have your back,” he continued. “And I failed you. Because I know that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s comments really caused you all a lot of pain by bringing up anti-Semitic tropes.”
However, Rose said Omar shouldn’t be removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee — an action many Republicans believe is necessary for the integrity of the influential committee.
“We have got to show her that there is a pathway for her to do the right thing, and we have to be vigilant towards that. Believe me, she understands that that’s a possibility, and nobody is taking that off the table, but we are not there yet,” Rose said.
“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” Omar said during a Washington forum. “I want to ask, why is it okay for me to talk about the influence of the National Rifle Association, of fossil-fuel industries, or Big Pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobby that is influencing policy?”
In response, House Democratic leaders drafted a broad anti-hate resolution condemning slurs of any kind, without naming Omar directly.
Rose was one of the first Democrats to publicly call Omar out for her anti-Semitism, calling her remarks “deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself.”
“I will work as hard as I can to make sure that these comments are not made again,” he told the organization. “I am not satisfied with what I’ve seen thus far. I’m not. To equate Jewish organizations with the NRA, of course I’m upset. Of course I’m not satisfied, and I don’t know any who are either. That’s why the first thing that I said is that I’m sorry. I’m sorry because I couldn’t protect you from this. And that takes a lot to say.”