By PoliZette Staff | August 24, 2019
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) (shown above left) is very unhappy, it seems, that top House Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) appeared to accuse her, along with President Donald Trump, of spreading anti-Semitic messages and statements.
It’s fascinating to many political onlookers that this elected official feels she can say just about anything about anyone — but then when people react to her comments and push back, she has problems with those reactions and pushback.
In a series of tweets on Friday, the liberal progressive lawmaker and Democratic squad member said it is “sickening to watch people make false equivalences between the open bigotry and hatred of this president and progressives.”
See one of her tweets right below.
That’s why it is sickening to watch people make false equivalences between the open bigotry and hatred of this President and progressives.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) August 23, 2019
Omar’s remarks came just a day after the House Judiciary chairman chided people of both parties – including Trump as well as both Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) – and suggested they have been promoting anti-Semitic language.
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“The growing anti-Semitism in our political dialogue is repugnant,” Nadler tweeted.
He also wrote that Trump’s “comments about disloyalty are a vicious and dangerous anti-Semitic trope. And the Carlos Latuff cartoon forwarded by @RepRashida and @Ilhan can surely be read for its vile underlying message.”
Nadler was referring to actions of both Omar and Tlaib recently, in which they posted cartoon to their Instagram stories showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu silencing Tlaib by covering her mouth — and Trump doing the same to Omar.
See just below:
Oof. Looks like both Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib shared this awful Carlos Latuff cartoon in Instagram stories yesterday. In 2006, Latuff came in second in Iran's International Holocaust Cartoon Contest, which is a thing that exists, in case you thought the TL couldn't get any worse. pic.twitter.com/uwyBPAsz7T
— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) August 18, 2019
In her Friday tweets, Omar said she had spoken out about the “rise in anti-Semitic violence” and that she defends “all religious minorities — at every turn.”
In reference to past allegations of her anti-Semitic remarks, she said she also is engaged in “accounting for and learning from my own mistakes to become a better ally.”
(What exactly does that mean?)
“But now is not the time for false equivalences,” Omar also declared. “Our president is attacking basic values of religious pluralism. You are either serious about protecting religious minorities of all stripes or you are not serious about any.”
But now is not the time for false equivalences.
Our president is attacking basic values of religious pluralism.
You are either serious about protecting religious minorities of all stripes or you are not serious about any.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) August 23, 2019
Tlaib and Omar both have been in the white-hot spotlight over Israel’s decision to restrict their planned visit to that country.
The controversial congresswomen held a news conference this past Monday in protest of that decision.
They’ve been outspoken critics of Israel’s policies and even have expressed support for boycotts against Israel. They’re also known for their anti-Trump activism, as Fox News and others have pointed out.
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