Vice President Mike Pence is making it clear he thinks Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has no place on the House Foreign Affairs Committee following her repeated controversial comments, including those about Israel and Venezuela.
Speaking with “Fox & Friends” on Friday, the vice president slammed the freshman Democrat, who has faced her fair share of controversies since joining the House of Representatives earlier this year.
“Ilhan Omar has made statements, anti-Semitic comments, statements against our most cherished ally Israel, that ought to be rejected by every American. And frankly, the fact that very recently she has been trying to blame the United States of America for the deprivation and poverty brought on by the dictatorship in Venezuela.”
“The people of Minnesota will decide whether or not she remains in Congress,” he continued. “But Congresswoman Omar has no place on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the Democratic leadership ought to remove her.”
Watch his comments below:
"… Omar has no place on the house foreign affairs committee and the Democratic leadership ought to remove her." pic.twitter.com/g8V0yb3xSU
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 10, 2019
As IJR Red reported, Pence taught Omar a lesson after she recently claimed the United States “helped” lead the devastation in Venezuela as dictator Maduro refuses to leave office. He later doubled down on his message, saying the congresswoman “doesn’t know what she’s talking about.”
Additionally, Omar has had a handful of anti-Semitic scandals since beginning in Congress, for which she received backlash from Republicans. Both President Donald Trump and Vice President Pence were among those to call her out for her use of “anti-Semitic tropes.”
Finally, the freshman representative recently took heat for criticizing the U.S. troops in “Black Hawk Down,” claiming they “killed thousands of Somalis” during the battle. As IJR Red reported, veteran Kyle Lamb, who served during the operation, fired back at Omar, saying the troops were actually “trying to do the right thing.”
While Omar has faced calls to be removed from the committee before, Democratic leadership has yet to make a move. It remains to be seen if they will heed Pence’s words this time around.