Ilhan Omar cannot afford to alienate anyone.
The controversial Minnesota Democrat is facing a potentially career-ending scandal.
And Omar just brought the last person you would ever expect to tears.
Democrats are struggling to deal with Omar’s repeated anti-Semitic remarks.
Critics accused Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats of passing a watered-down resolution condemning all hate speech – that did not mention Omar by name – after Omar had accused Jewish Americans of holding dual loyalty to Israel.
Republicans and some Democrats thought it was a shameful capitulation to the ever-growing anti-Semitic contingency in the Democrats’ grassroots base.
And when Democrats recently had a closed-door caucus meeting, it quickly devolved into a confrontation between an old-line Democrat who supports Israel, and the younger, anti-Israel Omar.
Minnesota Congressman Dean Phillips stood up to Omar and urged her to apologize for her remarks.
The Washington Post exclusively reported:
Those kinds of remarks, Phillips said, represented “tips of the arrow” — small but devastating offenses that made Jews fearful of a rising tide of anti-Semitism. Phillips told his fellow Minnesota freshman that she had to apologize and said the group should publicly affirm Israel’s right to exist and protect itself.
Omar’s allies felt betrayed.
Radical Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib – whose mother is Palestinian – burst into tears describing her mother’s supposed mistreatment at the hands of the Israeli government.
The Post also exclusively reported:
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), a Palestinian American who is critical of the Israeli government’s treatment of the Palestinians, grew emotional and started to cry as she spoke of her grandmother’s suffering in the West Bank at the hands of Israelis. “She would treat you like a grandson,” she said to Phillips, according to two people in the room.
This scene highlights the political box the Democrats find themselves in.
Jewish Americans overwhelmingly vote Democrat.
Traditional Democrat politicians respond to that by supporting Israel and defending Israel’s right to self-defense in the face of their Middle Eastern neighbor’s aggression.
The younger Democrats support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
This protest against Israel is designed to choke off their economy by pressuring companies to divest all business with Israel and refuse future economic opportunities over the supposed “oppression” of the Palestinians.
Many Jewish Americans view this militant movement as inherently anti-Semitic.
While the party establishment still nominally aligns with Israel, the energy of the party is with the anti-Semites in the grassroots.
This incident also shows that despite the fake news claiming Nancy Pelosi is the new power-player in Washington, she actually has no control over her caucus.
Just the first hint of outrage by one of the high-profile freshmen Democrats led to a grassroots uproar that forced Pelosi to scuttle any plans to actually reprimand Omar.
In the meantime, pundits are trying to sort out how this will play in the 2020 election.
And while the so-called “experts” debate the amount of impact, everyone agrees that the Democrats’ embrace of anti-Semitism will only boost Donald Trump’s chances of victory.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.