Omar’s Comms Director Gets a History Lesson After Repeatedly Tweeting ‘Anti-Semitism Is a Right-Wing Force’

Jeremy Slevin, a communications director for Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), got a swift history lesson dumped all over his Twitter feed after he tweeted “Anti-semitism is a right-wing force” repeatedly on Wednesday morning.

Slevin was responding to a long thread by his boss after she had been called out by several people during a conference for the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). As IJR reported, everyone from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called out Omar for her comments against AIPAC and her repeated use of anti-Semitic tropes.

Omar’s 14-tweet thread focused on the fact that there are horrible events happening all over the world that she would have rather seen Netanyahu speak on instead of her controversial comments. Midway through her thread, Slevin attempted to come to his boss’ defense by blaming all anti-Semitism on the right, but it ended up backfiring horribly.

Several people were quick to point to examples of leftist anti-Semitism, both past and present. Many pointed to the atrocities committed against Jews by those in the Marxist tradition, including Karl Marx and Joseph Stalin. Others highlighted more recent examples, including anti-Semitism from the left-wing British Labour Party and their leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Many also found it ironic that this tweet came from someone who works for Omar. After all, Omar has been condemned by Democratic leaders for her comments and sparked a congressional resolution against anti-Semitism.

After the backlash, Slevin tried to walk back parts of his comment. He claimed that he was only speaking to anti-Semitism in the United States, not internationally.

Slevin claimed he was “aware” of the anti-Semitism that plagued the Soviet Union, but he still attempted to sidestep the fact that the Soviet Union was led by leftists in “any meaningful way,” though he didn’t elaborate on that claim.

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  1. anything even slightly involved with omar /slevin ,should be removed with toilet paper ,them included she should be in gitmo 2.0 instead of congress she is a pimp for terrorists….

  2. If she has problems with whom our country represents. Maybe this isn’t the country for her.

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