Trump blasts Omar's Israel remarks; Dems condemn all bigotry

Debate over anti Semitism charges exposes divide in Democratic PartyMore

Amid bipartisan condemnation, there have been growing calls for Omar to be stripped of her role on the House Foreign Affairs panel, with critics pointing to Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa; he was stripped of his committee roles by House GOP leadership over remarks widely criticized as racist.

In what is becoming the norm with Rep. Omar, when it came time to face the cameras, she suddenly had nothing to say about her recent anti-Semitic comments.

In a separate letter to Pelosi, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt requested a congressional resolution condemning antisemitic sentiment.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other Democratic leaders will take floor action against Omar's comments on Wednesday, according to Politico. Its text was not final as of Monday afternoon. "Her constituents and the American people deserve better, and we are deeply disappointed such comments have continued despite Rep. Omar's previous apology". "Her comments were outrageous and deeply hurtful, and I ask that she retract them, apologize, and commit to making her case on policy issues without resorting to attacks that have no place in the Foreign Affairs Committee or the House of Representatives".

Accusing Jews of having allegiance to a foreign government has always been a vile anti-Semitic slur that has been used to harass, marginalize, and persecute the Jewish people for centuries. She also tweeted, "I have not mischaracterized our relationship with Israel, I have questioned it and that has been clear from my end".

"Accusing Jews of having allegiance to a foreign government has always been a vile anti-Semitic slur that has been used to harass, marginalize, and persecute the Jewish people for centuries", Greenblatt wrote on Monday. "I think what she said was wrong and hurtful".

The proposed resolution lays out a number of stipulations defined as anti-Semitism, including "hateful expressions of intolerance", "bigotry faced by Jewish people", and "the myth of dual loyalty" to the U.S. and Israel.

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Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank appeared on CNN Tuesday to explain his latest piece, in which he says Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is using President Donald Trump's playbook when it comes to accusing people of dual loyalty.

While this may be true of Pelosi, most Democrats, and maybe even Congress in general, it manifestly does not apply to Omar.

Peter Daou, a Democratic strategist who advised both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry called into question whether Omar's comments were actually anti-Semitic.

Sarsour accused Democratic leaders of responding more quickly to anti-Semitism than to anti-Muslim rhetoric, and claimed the resolution would only help Republicans. Engel has not called for Omar's removal from his panel, as some House Republicans have done. As it happens, this punishment of criticism of Israel is exactly what she was complaining about, and has on multiple occasions. This will be the second rebuke of the freshman Democrat from party leaders in just a matter of weeks.

Omar's previous comments about United States lawmakers supporting Israel because of "the Benjamins" from pro-Israel groups such as AIPAC also received a great deal of criticism from top Democratic Leaders.

"And her attack on supporters of Israel is an attack on America", Dershowitz warned.

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