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Backlash: Ilhan Omar accused of anti-Semitic “dogwhistle” ahead of CAIR speech

Backlash: Ilhan Omar accused of anti-Semitic “dogwhistle” ahead of CAIR speech

There are now new anti-Semitism accusations that are swirling around Rep. Ilhan Omar.

There is a Saturday tweet by the controversial Minnesota congresswoman which references possible presidential contender Michael Bloomberg and philanthropist Leon G. Cooperman. It has left critics crying “dog-whistle.”

The controversial tweet came in response to a CNBC article revealing that Cooperman would be supporting Bloomberg in his 2020 presidential bid.

“I wonder why,” Omar said, adding a suspicious “hmmm” emoji.

Bloomberg and Cooperman are not only billionaires, but they are both Jewish.

The questionable tweet came just hours before Omar was to address the Council of American Islamic Relations in Washington, DC, for their annual gala.

That’s the same organization she spoke before in March when she was accused of downplaying the 9/11 attacks as “some people did something.” She shared the stage with Bernie Sanders surrogate Linda Sarsour.

Omar immediately took a hit online Saturday, with a broad array of critics saying the tweet was veiled anti-Semitism and a wink to followers. Some of those followers made it known in the comments section that they got the message.

“I suppose you think it’s all about the Benjamins? We get your insinuation. True to form,” countered Michael Dickson, executive director of the pro-Israel group StandWithUs.

“Is it ‘all about the (((Benjamin’$)))?’” added former Brooklyn assemblyman Dov Hikind.

Even tennis legend Martina Navratilova lashed back,

“This is a wrong thing to say, Congresswoman,” she said. “Generalizing is wrong no matter which ‘group’ of people one talks about. It’s about assigning labels, and I hate that.”

This is not the first time Omar has faced the wrath for tweets over Jewish/Israel issues. In a 2012 post, she claimed that “Israel has hypnotized the world,” during the height of a conflict with Gaza. 

A rep for Omar’s office, Jeremy Slevin, had this response when The Post asked for help on what the congresswoman’s tweet meant:

“Much like the far-right demagogue who owns this tabloid, they’re both billionaires.”

Written by Rich Stevenson

Credit: NY Post


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