House Democratic leaders on Monday roundly condemned Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for statements knocked as anti-Semitic.
The statement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders stated:
” We are and will always be strong advocates of Israel in Congress because we understand that our assistance is based on shared worths and strategic interests. Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is secured by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share. However Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial allegations about Israel’s fans is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to instantly excuse these hurtful comments.”
The declaration followed other senior Democrats had actually weighed in, including the chairman of your house Foreign Affairs Committee on which Omar sits.
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” Anti-Semitism in any kind is unacceptable, and it’s shocking to hear a Member of Congress invoke the anti-Semitic trope of ‘Jewish loan,'” Rep. Eilot Engel, D-N.Y., said.
This followed Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., a popular Jewish legislator and chairman of your house Judiciary Committee, stating: “It is deeply disappointing and troubling to hear Representative Ilhan Omar’s option of words in her exchange with a journalist the other day, wherein she appears to traffic in old anti-Semitic tropes about Jews and loan. Her words are deeply painful and offending, particularly as they build on a previous comment she made about Jews ‘hypnotizing’ the world in support of Israel.”
Omar, who ended up being the first Somali-American female chosen to Congress in November, touched off the controversy when she reacted to a tweet by reporter Glenn Greenwald criticizing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., for urging action versus Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., for supposedly anti-Semitic remarks.
Greenwald implicated McCarthy of targeting Omar and Tlaib for their public criticisms of Israel, to which Omar responded, “It’s everything about the Benjamins, child,” estimating a 1997 tune by Puff Daddy. She then doubled down when challenged by Batya Ungar-Sargon, the opinion editor of The Forward newspaper.
” Would enjoy to understand who @IlhanMN believes is paying American political leaders to be pro-Israel, though I believe I can guess,” Ungar-Sargon tweeted. “Bad form, Congresswoman. That’s the 2nd anti-Semitic trope you’ve tweeted.”
In response, Omar tweeted “AIPAC!” describing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which has actually been implicated of agitating for a dispute with Iran.
Omar’s tweets have given that been commonly condemned by fellow Democrats– consisting of previous very first daughter Chelsea Clinton, who stated she planned to connect to the freshman lawmaker, and some Jewish members of Congress.
” For nearly 2 weeks, Rep. [Omar] has avoided meeting with me to discuss why anti-Semitic tropes like these are hurtful to so numerous Americans,” Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., tweeted. “There is definitely no location for this rhetoric in Congress– or anywhere.”
Rep. Max Rose, D-N.Y., also called the remarks “deeply painful.”
The Anti-Defamation League, meanwhile, called on House leadership to act in reaction to Omar’s comments.
” Unfortunately, making insensitive declarations toward the Jewish community is not new for Rep. Omar. These tweets belong to a troubling pattern of habits that need to end,” ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said in a declaration. “… Strong bipartisan assistance for Israel is not a result of money or lobbying. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and a strong American ally in a tactically essential region.”
From the Republican side of the aisle, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Monday called for Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi to remove Omar from your house Foreign Affairs Committee.
Omar has actually not backed down. She told Chelsea Clinton over Twitter that she would enjoy to speak to her and that “[w] e must call out smears from the GOP and their allies.”
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” I think we can do that without criticizing people for their faith,” Omar included. “I anticipate developing an inclusive motion for justice with you.”
The Minnesota legislator has likewise required to retweeting a number of posts voicing support for her and recommending the claims of anti-Semitism go too far.
” Corresponding [Omar and Tlaib’s] criticism of Israel to Steve King’s long defense of white supremacy is profane (McCarthy said it’s even worse),” Greenwald tweeted. “In the US, we’re allowed to slam our own government: definitely foreign governments. The GOP House Leader’s concerns are warped.”
Greenwald’s tweets followed McCarthy called Friday for doing something about it versus Omar and Tlaib for their remarks.
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On Monday, McCarthy declared that Democratic leaders have renounced their obligation and vowed that Republicans would push ahead.
” Home Democrat management continues to be quiet as Americans from both sides of the aisle condemn this rhetoric and pattern of behavior. In the face of that abdication of leadership, Republicans will act today to guarantee your home speaks out against this hatred and stands with Israel and the Jewish people,” he said in a statement.
Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.