House Republicans promised to kick Ilhan Omar off the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Republicans cited Omar’s repeated bigoted comments attacking Jews.
And Ilhan Omar made unbelievable claims about her history of anti-Semitic remarks.
In an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” Omar tried to gaslight Americans about her years of anti-Semitic remarks.
Host Dana Bash confronted Omar about her comments that a Jewish cabal exerted undue influence on global affairs through hypnosis, accused Jewish Americans of dual loyalty, claimed Israel was an “apartheid” state, and that Jewish billionaires bought off American politicians.
These are all old and ugly anti-Semitic tropes and conspiracy theories.
Omar responded by absurdly claiming she had no idea she was repeating anti-Semitic lies.
“I might have used words at the time that I didn’t understand were trafficking in anti-Semitism. When that was brought to my attention, I apologized. I owned up to it. That’s the kind of person that I am. I continue to work with my colleagues and my community to fight against anti-Semitism,” Omar stated.
“I certainly did not or was not aware that the word ‘hypnotized’ was a trope. I wasn’t aware of the fact that there are tropes about Jews and money. That has been a very enlightening part of this journey. To insinuate that I knowingly said these things when people have read into my comments to make it sound as if I have something against the Jewish community is so wrong,” Omar continued.
Nancy Pelosi broke the norm in the last Congress that each party selects the roster of members who will sit on each committee.
Kevin McCarthy promised that if Republicans won back the House then the GOP would remove Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff from the Intelligence Committee as well as Omar from Foreign Affairs.
McCarthy followed through and booted Schiff and Swalwell from the Intelligence Committee.
The House Intelligence Committee is organized differently from other panels and McCarthy has unique power as speaker of the House to unilaterally kick members off the committee.
But to oust Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee McCarthy would need to hold a vote of the entire House of Representatives.
Three Republicans — led by RINO South Carolina Congresswoman Nancy Mace — voiced their hesitancy to eject Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
That meant McCarthy could not afford to lose any more Republicans or the vote to remove Omar would fail.
Wavering Republicans were Omar’s intended audience with her comments on CNN.
But will it work?
Conservatives expect Republicans to force Democrats to live under the rules Nancy Pelosi set.
And that means Republicans kicking Omar off the Foreign Affairs Committee over her anti-Semitic remarks.
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