Rep. Ilhan Omar faces backlash over AIPAC comments

Lester Mason
February 11, 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, reportedly retweeted then deleted a Twitter post that accused her of anti-Semitism after she was called out from both sides of the aisle for tweeting that the US relationship with Israel is "all about the Benjamins, baby".

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) even equated her past comments to Rep. Steve King (R-IA) who was recently kicked off all his committees and formally disciplined by the House for his white supremacy remarks. "Bad form, Congresswoman. That's the second anti-Semitic trope you've tweeted", Batya Ungar-Sargon, Omar responded: "AIPAC!".

Democratic New York Congressman Dan Kildee came to the defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on her latest tweets about Jewish people's influence over members of Congress.

She then retweeted Zeitz despite the seemingly critical nature of his tweet.

Comedian Sarah Silverman responded, "I truly don't think she meant it that way AT ALL, but I'm surprised she's earnestly not aware of the people that will absolutely take it that way".

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee does not contribute to politicians, although its donors give money to political campaigns, in the same way that an array of activists backing distinct interests across the political spectrum have for decades donated to campaigns.

Asked about the source of the money, Omar replied, "AIPAC!".

Omar also retweeted an attack on Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who actually funds a rival group to AIPAC.

And Chelsea Clinton tweeted in response to Omar, "We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism".

Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) tweeted out a statement, calling Omar's remarks "deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself".

"Chelsea - I would be happy to talk", Omar tweeted. "And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith", Omar tweeted at the former first daughter.

"At a time when anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise, our leaders should not be invoking hurtful stereotypes and caricatures of Jewish people to dismiss those who support Israel. I look forward to building an inclusive movement for justice with you".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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