Opinion We don't need Ilhan Omar to 'clarify' her typically anti-Semitic, anti-American comments
Kevin McCarthy won't let go of the GOP's smear campaign against Ilhan Omar, but Democrats have moved on
McCarthy called for Omar's removal from the House Foreign Affairs committee, adding to the GOP's latest attacks on the Minnesota lawmaker.McCarthy urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to strip Omar from the committee based on what he described as "anti-Semitic" and "anti-American" language from the Minnesota lawmaker.
House Democrats have asked Rep. Ilhan Omar to “clarify” her recent comments comparing Israel and the U.S. to Hamas and the Taliban. What a laugh — they must have missed the last few years of Omar's antics, through which she has made her views abundantly clear.
Omar started this debacle by saying that “we must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”
A group of 12 Jewish Democrats thena weak denunciation of this attempt to draw a moral equivalence between the U.S. and Israeli governments and terrorist groups that murder civilians on purpose. This all ended with them urging Omar to “clarify” her remarks.
What Ilhan Omar Actually Said
No one should believe that Omar thinks the United States is identical to the Taliban.Now, following Democratic outrage and Republican calls for a floor vote to strip Omar of her committee assignments, let me record the following for posterity: Omar demonstrably did not say what she’s been accused of having said; what she did say was true; and every politico using this opportunity to take a swing at her likely knows those two things—they just think you don’t.
She has since gone into the predictable victim monologue, accusing her colleagues of peddling “islamophobic tropes.” And why shouldn’t she? Democrats have coddled her during every controversy, enabling her to spout anti-Semitism with impunity. Even now, the best that House Democrats can offer is a meek request for her to clarify her comments.
But Omar has made her views crystal clear: she can be counted onHamas propaganda. She has peddled anti-Semitic tropes. She Israel to a different standard than countries that are clear human rights abusers such as China, Iran, and Turkey. She has said that racism is part of the foundation of U.S. power. She continuously and falsely accuses Israel of apartheid and laments that Israel can protect its citizens from indiscriminate missile attacks using the Iron Dome missile defense system.
What Ilhan Omar’s latest scandal reveals about Democrats
It’s striking how rapidly things have changed since January 2019. © Provided by Washington Examiner Back then, congressional Democrats still felt empowered to stigmatize leftist extremism, including open antisemitism. That month saw Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat, so repulsed by the Women’s March leadership’s overt antisemitism that she penned an op-ed about why she wouldn’t march with them (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did). Rep. Ted Deutch, a Florida Democrat, publicly called out antisemitism from then-new Rep.
According to Punchbowl News, aof fellow Democrats think Omar is an anti-Semite. So they aren’t stupid — they're just cowards who won't speak up. Their cowardice has emboldened Omar to continue to spew anti-Semitism. Their pathetic response is almost worse than saying nothing at all. It permits "progressives" to drown out denunciations of her anti-Semitism by shouting that Omar is the real victim.
Not all Democrats are complete cowards in the face of anti-Semitism. California Rep. Brad Sherman showed how easy it is to condemn Omar and her comments in his own, harsher. “It’s not news that Ilhan Omar would make outrageous and clearly false statements about America and Israel. What’s newsworthy is that she admits Hamas is guilty of ‘unthinkable atrocities,’” Sherman said. “It’s time for all of Israel’s detractors to condemn Hamas. And it’s time for all those of good will to reject any moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel on one hand, and Hamas and the Taliban on the other.”
Pelosi seeks to quell uproar over Omar's latest comments
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she welcomed a clarification from Rep. Ilhan Omar over a tweet about Israel that critics on both sides of the aisle said had unfairly compared the U.S. and Israel to terrorist groups. In a written statement, Pelosi, D-Calif., said that “drawing false equivalences between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines peace and security for all.” “We welcome the clarification by Congresswoman Omar that there is no moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban,” Pelosi continued.
It really is that simple. Omar has told us exactly who she is. Democrats can take a real stand against her, as Sherman did in his statement, or they can roll over once again to appease the identity politics fanatics they have created, who only care that Omar is a Muslim woman and will justify every noxious statement she utters.
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Ilhan Omar exposes Democrats’ deep divide over anti-semitism .
A rift between liberal Democrats and their more centrist colleagues was exposed again this week over comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar that many perceived as antisemitic. © Provided by Washington Examiner Omar touched off the latest round of infighting Tuesday, when she tweeted an exchange she had with Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a congressional hearing and appeared to conflate the actions of the United States and Israel with those of the Taliban and Hamas.