‘I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., has intensified her claims that pro-Israel lawmakers have dual loyalties, despite calls from her Democratic colleagues to stop the anti-Semitic tropes.
After one senior Democrat scolded her over remarks she made last week at a bookstore event with other freshman congressmen, Omar lashed back Sunday 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
Omar sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and many Republicans have called on Democratic leadership to remove her from the influential committee.
Though Democrats have made it clear that Omar’s committee assignments are safe for now, prominent leaders have publicly rebuked the freshman congresswoman for a series of anti-Semitic attacks.
“It’s unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow American citizens because of their political views, including support for the U.S.-Israel relationship,” Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement. “This episode is especially disappointing following so closely on another instance of Ms. Omar seeming to invoke an anti-Semitic stereotype.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other Democratic leaders will take floor action against Omar’s comments on Wednesday, according to Politico. The senior Democrats have drafted a resolution that details the recent rise of anti-Semitism, though it doesn’t specifically name Omar.
It does, however, condemn the “myth of dual loyalty”—if the House votes for the resolution, it would be a strong, public rebuke of Omar.
Staffers for several Jewish lawmakers, including Engel, have been working with Democratic leadership on the resolution.
Aides for House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.; Reps. Ted Deutch, D-Fla.; Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J.; and Dean Phillips, D-Minn., are all involved, according to Politico.
Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., responded to Omar’s comments on Sunday and said it’s shameful the Minnesota Democrat continues to “mischaracterize” lawmakers’ support for the U.S.-Israeli alliance.
Lawmakers must be able to debate w/o prejudice or bigotry. I am saddened that Rep. Omar continues to mischaracterize support for Israel. I urge her to retract this statement and engage in further dialogue with the Jewish community on why these comments are so hurtful.
— Nita Lowey (@NitaLowey) March 2, 2019
“Throughout history, Jews have been accused of dual loyalty, leading to discrimination and violence,” Lowey continued. “Which is why these accusations are so hurtful.”