Speaker of the Home Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) protected Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Wednesday by claiming, falsely, that Trump supporters had actually chanted “Jew-S-A” at his campaign rallies and he “never distanced himself.”
CNN’s Elizabeth Landers asked Pelosi to react to a statement by Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday in which he called Omar’s Monday apology for antisemitic rhetoric “insufficient,” and said she did not belong on the House Foreign Affairs Committee:
@IlhanMN tweets were a disgrace & her apology was insufficient. Anti-Semitism has no location in the United States Congress, much less the Foreign Affairs Committee. Those who participate in anti-Semitic tropes need to not simply be denounced, they must deal with repercussions for their words.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 13, 2019
I simply asked @SpeakerPelosi in the corridor about @VP’s recent remarks about Ilhan Omar and of this is going to continue to be a concern for Democrats. Her response: pic.twitter.com/YGo63 nHd1E
— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) February 13, 2019
Pelosi stated: “As I heard the president [Donald Trump] speaking today, all that was going through my mind was ‘Jew-S-A, Jew-S-A’ at his rallies that he never ever distanced himself from.”
In all of the numerous rallies throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, and all of the Trump rallies since, there has actually been only one occurrence of one individual shouting “Jew-S-A.”
As Breitbart News reported at the time, the perpetrator was a crazed male yelling at the media pen at a rally on October 30, 2016.
Guy chants “Jew-S-A” in front of press pen pic.twitter.com/2yqgA6dD4k
— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) October 29, 2016
The Trump campaign not only distanced itself from the guy and the chant, but it “powerfully disavowed” that supporter– as theWashington Postkept in mind.
Then-campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told CNN’s Jake Tapper: “His conduct is completely unacceptable and does not reflect our campaign or our prospect. … That man’s conduct was awful. And had I existed, I would have asked security to eliminate him instantly. Clearly, he does not promote the campaign or the candidate. … And I think what he had to say was horrible.”
Trump campaign supervisor Kellyanne Conway: The male who yelled “Jew-S-A” is “awful” https://t.co/V7SFwX6qfC https://t.co/eEnygau3q9
— CNN (@CNN) October 30, 2016
She noted that Trump had actually disavowed any assistance from racists or antisemites. And she included that the media’s effort to pin the incident on Trump was “the very best piece of proof I have that we’re in fact going to win in 9 days.”
Pelosi’s attempt to deflect criticism of Omar comes as she herself is dealing with increasing criticism for designating Omar to your home Foreign Affairs Committee last month despite concerns, even among Democrats, about Omar’s history of extreme anti-Israel views and antisemitic rhetoric.
On Tuesday, the regional Minneapolis/St. Paul Leader Press newspaper reported that Jewish leaders in the location had actually consulted with Omar last year in an attempt to persuade her to alter her rhetoric– to no get.
Trump gotten in touch with Omar to resign from Congress, or at least from your home Foreign Affairs Committee, Tuesday.
Despite her apology, Omar’s offensive tweets remain live as of this writing.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author ofHow Trump Won: The Within Story of a Revolution, which is offered from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.