House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic congressmen have signed onto a statement that called on Muslim freshman Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar to apologize for her anti-semitic social media posts.
“Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception,” read a statement signed by the speaker and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, caucus chair Hakeem Jeffries and caucus vice chair Katherine Clark according to The New York Post.
“Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments,” the statement read.
“As Democrats and as Americans, the entire Congress must be fully engaged in denouncing and rejecting all forms of hatred, racism, prejudice and discrimination wherever they are encountered.”
Omar, who has been criticized in the past for anti-Israel tweets, tweeted on Sunday night that, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” in connection with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California’s defense of Israel, which is a United States ally.
According to the Post, McCarthy has threatened action against both Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) for their criticism of the Jewish state.
“So sick & twisted,” wrote Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin according to the Post. “This continued anti-Semitic trope from Omar is grossly wrong. There should be NO home in US politics, college campuses, or halls of Congress for ANY of this garbage. Now she tweets that if Members of Congress support Israel then they were bought off by Jews.”
On Monday the letter went out to Democratic leadership, while the statements of contempt kept coming.
“It is deeply disappointing and disturbing to hear Representative Ilhan Omar’s (MN) choice of words in her exchange with a journalist yesterday, wherein she appears to traffic in old anti-Semitic tropes about Jews and money,” said Manhattan Rep. Jerry Nadler in a statement according to the Post.
“While of course our nation’s leaders are free to debate the relative influence of a particular organization on our country’s policy-making process, or the factors that make our system of governance imperfect, there is an expectation of leaders — particularly those with a demonstrated commitment to the cause of justice and equality — that they would be extremely careful not to tread into the waters of anti-Semitism or any other form of prejudice or hate,” Nadler continued. “Rep. Omar failed that test of leadership with these comments.”