The Democrats have turned on freshman Ilhan Omar over her repeated anti-Semitic rhetoric.
One time could be naivete or a simple mistake but when a pattern emerges we must call it out, and some house Democrats shockingly did.
From The Daily Wire: Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), who is Jewish and the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, condemned Omar on Friday for anti-Semitic remarks she made last week, calling her comments “vile,” “anti-Semitic,” “outrageous,” and “deeply hurtful.”
On Sunday, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), who is also Jewish, also called out Omar for her anti-Semitic remarks from last week, tweeting: “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.”
Omar responded: “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!”
Engel’s condemnation of Omar last week was specifically over her comments about the loyalties of others.
First, Omar pushed an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that her “Jewish colleagues” had “designed” a plan to accuse her of being anti-Semitic “to end the debate” on Israel.
Moments later, Omar pushed the anti-Semitic dual loyalty canard, saying: “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country [Israel].”
Omar’s latest round of anti-Semitic remarks drew a lot of criticism from notable figures in the media and in politics:
“Someone please write ‘Antisemitism for Dummies,”’ Bret Stephens tweeted. “Nobody expects @IlhanMN to pledge ‘allegiance’ to Israel. But her attacks on pro-Israel Americans of doing so is a charge of dual loyalty. That is classic anti-Semitism.”
From Big League Politics:
The dying magazine Rolling Stone lobbed softball questions at Omar, giving her a platform to spew her hate-filled lies unabated.
In one particularly groveling example of obsequience, author Tessa Stewart posited the following question to Omar: “There have been reports of Saudi-backed news outlets attacking you and Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim women in Congress. What do you think they are scared of?”
“Our presence terrifies them,” she said of the Saudis. “These are totalitarian regimes that have retained their power and influence in the West by setting themselves up as the gatekeepers and the ushers of peace for the Muslim community.
“They are threatened, really, by Muslims who have now come to Congress who have the roots and understanding of the problems and can speak to solutions that do not involve them.”
Omar also demonstrated her anti-American mentality when she talked about her first thoughts when arriving on US shores. Rather than being grateful or inspired, she immediately felt disdain toward the land that she was invading.
“We had a layover in New York,” Omar said. “I remember seeing homeless people and panhandlers on the streets. There was trash everywhere, and graffiti. I remember turning to my dad and saying, ‘This doesn’t look like the America you promised.’ He said, ‘Girl, you ask too many questions. We’re gonna get to our America.’”
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