Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar dug herself into what could be a career-ending hole.
Omar left Americans speechless with her latest scandal and many people saw it as the last straw.
And now Omar is in shock after being shut down by the last person she ever expected.
Omar’s anti-Semitism reared its ugly head over the weekend when she sent out two tweets promoting anti-Jewish conspiracy theories.
The first Muslim woman in Congress claimed that rich Jews secretly influence American politics by buying off politicians in Washington to support Israel’s agenda.
It's all about the Benjamins baby 🎶 https://t.co/KatcXJnZLV
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 10, 2019
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019
Omar’s comments put Democrats in a bind.
The energy in their party is with younger members who, like Omar, are anti-Semites and hate Israel.
But their leadership also knows that open bigotry is a sure loser in American politics.
22 Democrat House members signed a letter demanding leadership address Omar’s hateful comments.
Prominent Democrats such as Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama’s former Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, spoke out against Omar’s anti-Semitism.
Schumer tweeted, “Rep. Omar’s use of an anti-Semitic stereotype was offensive and irresponsible. This kind of intolerance has no place in Congress—or anywhere in American society. No one should invoke anti-Semitic tropes during policy disagreements.”
Shapiro wrote, “@IlhanMN’s outrageous comments equating politicians’ support for Israel with being bought off by American Jewish money are a vile anti-Semitic trope. They need to be condemned by all in our party.”
Chelsea Clinton even weighed in tweeting, “I think we always have to call out anti-Semitic language and tropes. I feel that way particularly as a parent. Hope you have a good night.”
The growing uproar forced Pelosi’s hand.
Speaker Pelosi and her leadership allies – Majority Leader Stenny Hoyer and Majority Whip James Clyburn – released a statement taking Omar to task for her anti-Semitism.
“Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive,” the statement began. “We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.”
Omar met with Pelosi and issued a half-hearted apology.
“My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole,” the freshmen Democrat wrote. “We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.”
But the second paragraph of her statement made it clear that the hatred of Jews was really in her heart.
“At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry. It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it,” her statement concluded.
Her insincere apology – she still believes Jewish billionaires like Sheldon Adelson manipulate American politicians – led many Americans to demand Congress take stronger action to censure Omar.
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