Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) fired back at President Donald Trump after he called for her resignation for her use of “anti-Semitic tropes” in tweets she sent this weekend.
As IJR reported earlier, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both made a public call for Omar to face consequences for her actions, especially when it comes to her placement on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Omar took to Twitter to respond to the president, pointing to his own issues with racial tension and claiming that she has “learned” from her mistakes.
You have trafficked in hate your whole life—against Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more. I learned from people impacted by my words. When will you? https://t.co/EqqTyjkiNE
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 13, 2019
Although Omar claimed to have learned from her mistakes, the last month might show otherwise.
In mid-January, Omar was forced to apologize for a 2012 tweet in which she wrote an anti-Semitic trope that Israel has “hypnotized” the world.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 16, 2012
Although the tweet was from six years ago, Omar was still asked to address her comments during an interview on CNN with Christiane Amanpour.
Watch the video below:
“I remember when that was happening, watching TV and really feeling as if no other life was being impacted in this war, and that really — those unfortunate words were the only words I could think about expressing at that moment. What is really important to me is that people recognize that there is a difference between criticizing a military action by a government that has exercised really oppressive policies, and being offensive or attacking to a particular people of faith.”
Although Omar noted that her tweet contained “unfortunate words” that were tied to anti-Semitic tropes, she used the same type of “unfortunate words” against those who support Israel, claiming it was “all about the Benjamins” — which is another claim that anti-Semites make about Jewish people buying power.
It's all about the Benjamins baby 🎶 https://t.co/KatcXJnZLV
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 10, 2019
While Omar may have claimed that she “learned” from her mistake two days after it happened, her behavior from the past three weeks says otherwise.
As IJR previously reported, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) condemned Omar’s tweets, but she did not take any punitive actions such as a committee removal.
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