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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.
Rep. (D-N.Y.) ripped into members of her own party on Thursday over criticism they have leveled against her ally and fellow progressive Rep. (D-Minn.).
Ocasio-Cortez said she was sick and tired of the criticism, argued Omar's words had been intentionally mischaracterized, and that it was putting the Somalian-American, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, in personal danger.
"Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting of [Omar] coming from our caucus," Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet. "They have no concept for the danger they put her in by skipping private conversations & leaping to fueling targeted news cycles around her."
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"Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting of @IlhanMN coming from our caucus," the congresswoman said in defense of Ilhan Omar on Twitter."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. I asked@SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice," Omar, who represents Minnesota, wrote in a June 7 tweet.
Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting ofcoming from our caucus.
They have no concept for the danger they put her in by skipping private conversations & leaping to fueling targeted news cycles around her.- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC)
Omar has caught flak from a number of lawmakers, primarily Jewish Democrats in Congress, over comments she has made regarding Israel and tensions in the Middle East.
After Omar compared the U.S. and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban while discussing war crimes, 12 Jewish Democrats issued a joint statement pushing back on the progressive lawmaker.
"Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided," the lawmakers wrote.
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She made the comments in response to Vice President Kamala Harris telling migrants not to cross over the border into the U.S.The New York congresswoman made the comments during an appearance on the MSNBC program All In With Chris Hayes. Following a clip of Vice President Kamala Harris in Guatemala telling people not to make the "dangerous trek to the United States–Mexico border," Hayes asked Ocasio-Cortez about recent criticism she made of Harris' message.
"Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that engage in terrorism at best discredits one's intended argument and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice," the lawmakers. "The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups. We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the US and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban."
This isn't the first time Omar has drawn criticism from fellow House Democrats over remarks about Israel.
In 2019, the House passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, racism and Islamophobia after Omar questioned the pro-Israel lobby as a "political influence in this country that says it is OK to push for allegiance to a foreign country," a sentiment seen by many as based on an antisemitic trope.
Omar also drew ire for tweeting that U.S. politicians' support for Israel was "all about the Benjamins," which was also viewed as as antisemitic for invoking tropes about Jewish people using money for influence.
Omar said Thursday that she is receiving death threats. She posted audio of a person saying: "Muslims are terrorists. And she is a raghead n*****. And every anti-American communist piece of s*** that works for her, I hope you get what's f***ing coming for you."
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told Democrats time is running out because a death could cause them to lose the party's Senate majority.'During the Obama admin, folks thought we’d have a 60 Dem majority for a while. It lasted 4 months,' the New York Democrat tweeted Wednesday afternoon. 'Dems are burning precious time & impact negotiating w/GOP who won’t even vote for a Jan 6 commission.