Pelosi, Top Democrats Condemn ‘Anti-Semitic’ Comments From Rep. Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar

Omar apologized in a tweet on Monday afternoon, but said that "I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry".

Update (02/11/10, 3 p.m. ET): This story was updated to include a statement from Representative Ilhan Omar.

Omar wrote back to Clinton on Twitter, saying she would be "happy to talk".

Omar's tweets drew a rebuke from Democratic House leaders, who called on her to apologize on Monday.

"Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception", they said. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Rep.

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Democrat who represents parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties, also criticized Omar's comments. "Silence is not an option here, no matter from whom the words are uttered", she said. Amy Klobuchar, to denounce the remarks and said House leadership should strip the freshman congresswoman of her committee assignment. And if there was any doubt about that, both Omar and Tlaib have been doing their best to erase it with statements that illustrate the inextricable ties between BDS and hate.

The tweets implied that members of Congress are being paid by a powerful interest group to support Israel.

Republicans have repeatedly condemned her past remarks and on this latest controversy, dozens of Democrats spoke out against the congresswoman and said her comments were anti-Semitic.

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The tweet appeared to suggest McCarthy's pro-Israel stance is motivated by money.

"From scapegoating Jews to win an election to scapegoating Jews to attack his Muslim colleagues, [McCarthy] sure loves to invoke the Jewish community to further his right-wing objectives", Ellman-Golan wrote. She called out McCarthy for tweeting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about Jewish billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

Fox 9 has reached out to Omar's office for comment. Asked who was paying off American politicians, she responded: "AIPAC!"

Omar, reported Breitbart, has acknowledged the tweet is offensive but has refused to apologize or delete it.

They are turning public support for Israel - which largely had been bipartisan and religiously pluralistic - into an effort propelled by members of one political party and one religious worldview. Such legislation includes financial support for Israel and measures that would ban boycotts of Israel, including the BDS movement that Omar and Tlaib support. "This ain't it, chief". "Just be careful to do it in a way that can't be interpreted as being anti-Semitic". "However racist or bigoted tropes can be intentionally or unintentionally triggered in making those critiques and yes that matters - it always matters", Hend Amry tweeted.

Omar has found herself responding to anti-Semitism accusations before. Omar said she did not believe Israel is a democracy because it is a Jewish state. She's made herself a lightning rod.

But others have called the attacks a smear campaign against Ms Omar, and some noted that there is a difference between criticising AIPAC activities and anti-semitism.

"These latest harmful and damaging remarks regarding our support for our most valued key U.S. ally in the Middle East can not go unchallenged".

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