Ilhan Omar is throwing wild accusations to try and save her career.
She has no other way to rescue herself.
Ilhan Omar claims Republicans are racists for efforts to remove her from her committee seat.
During her time in office, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) has made numerous publicly anti-Semitic comments.
“Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel,” she wrote on Twitter in 2012.
Omar tweeted in 2019 that the relationship between the United States and Israel is “all about the Benjamins.”
Last year Omar said, “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,” and captioned the post, “We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.”
Omar’s statements were bad enough that then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a rebuke of the congresswoman.
“Drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the US and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all,” Pelosi said in a statement issued with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and other members of the party hierarchy.
Despite the backlash that her words caused, Omar isn’t willing to take responsibility, and implied that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s effort to remove her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee is motivated by racism, appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Omar said McCarthy’s decision was “politically motivated.”
“And, in some cases, it’s motivated by the fact that many of these members don’t believe a Muslim, a refugee, an African should even be in Congress, let alone have the opportunity to serve on the Foreign Affairs Committee.”
CNN host Dana Bash asked her if she was accusing McCarthy of racism and the Somali-born lawmaker claimed that she was just presenting “facts.”
“I mean, I’m not making any accusations,” Omar said. “I’m just laying out the facts. … These people are okay with Islamophobia. They’re okay with trafficking in their own ways in antisemitism. They are not okay with having a Muslim have a voice on that committee.”
Omar went on to claim that saying Israel had “hypnotized the world” was an innocent mistake and that she “was not aware that the word ‘hypnotized’ was a trope. I wasn’t aware of the fact that there are tropes about Jews and money.”
“That has been a very enlightening part of this journey. To insinuate that I’ve knowingly said these things, when people have read into my comments to make it sound as if I have something against the Jewish community is so wrong,” she said.
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