Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally answered the calls of those concerned about anti-Semitism and issued a public condemnation of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) for tweeting “anti-Semitic tropes,” but some want more to be done.
As IJR reported earlier, Omar found herself in hot water on Sunday after she, yet again, tweeted that the Jewish people are buying support for the state of Israel. In a statement co-signed by several members of the Democratic House leadership team, Pelosi issued a condemnation of her comments and claimed that she spoke with Omar about the situation.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 11, 2019
“Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception. We are and will always be strong supporters of Israel in Congress because we understand that our support is based on shared values and strategic interests. Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share. But Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.
As Democrats and as Americans, the entire Congress must be fully engaged in denouncing and rejecting all forms of hatred, racism, prejudice and discrimination wherever they are encountered.”
Pelosi called for an apology, but some believe Omar should face a much stronger punishment. Some even called for her to be removed from her committees, just as Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) was for his racist comments.
Several took to Twitter to call the speaker out for waiting this long to condemn Omar and for not taking more action.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) February 11, 2019
COVER UP AND EXCUSES https://t.co/X6OS6w9Jrx
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) February 11, 2019
Nancy Pelosi protests that Democrats are "strong supporters of Israel" but she appears to be leaving a known antisemite on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. https://t.co/Fqtk3OF08F
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) February 11, 2019
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) February 11, 2019
As requested, Omar issued an “unequivocal” apology for her comments, claiming that she never meant to offend any of her constituents. However, she didn’t fold on her original attack against pro-Israeli donors, like AIPAC.
Listening and learning, but standing strong 💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/7TSroSf8h1
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019
As IJR previously reported, this was not the only anti-Semitic scandal for Democrats today. Another scandal broke after it was revealed that Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) wrote an op-ed for anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan’s publication.