It appears freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D) of Minnesota still has a lot to learn about politics and dealing with the press. Especially what happens after you make a bone-headed comment about the very group of people voters were afraid you would be targeting in the first place.
After Omar posted the ‘tweet heard round the world’ the Somalia-born Muslim took a lot of hard criticism for her apparent bias against the Jewish religion. The fact that she sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee makes her inappropriate remark all the more egregious.
In the fallout from her anti-semitic tirade and her ‘lame apology’ about said remarks, Omar is now facing the wrath of journalists who are merely trying to pin her down on her true beliefs about Jews and Israel.
CNN reporter Manu Raju confronted the freshman congresswoman on Wednesday, and got a lot more than he bargained for from the young upstart from Minnesota.
“Rep. Ilhan Omar in no mood to talk about her controversies this week. First, she said: ‘No thank you’ when asked to comment on Trump saying she should resign. Second time I saw her, she yelled: ‘Are you serious?’ when I tried to question her.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar: "Are you serious? What is wrong with you?"
The 37-year-old Democrat from Minnesota was acting more like a petulant child than an elected representative of the American people when she sassed back to the reporter.
CNN reporter Manu Raju: "I'm asking a question about your tweet -- you had a tweet saying the president trafficked in hate."
Omar: "Yes I tweeted, and there's a response. You can run that."
“Asked about her tweet this AM attacking Trump for trafficking in hate, she angrily said: ‘Yes I tweeted, and there’s a response. You can run that. Have a nice day.’ And she walked into a meeting.”
Why so sensitive if you’ve done nothing wrong, Ilhan??
The Daily Caller reports, “Omar has been criticized for making a series of anti-Israel comments and for apparently advancing anti-Semitic conspiracies and stereotypes.
“The freshman Democrat earned widespread condemnation Monday when she accused a pro-Israel lobbying group of buying support for the American ally and retweeted (then quickly deleted) someone who compared her comments to calling Jewish people ‘hook-nosed.’”
“It's all about the Benjamins baby 🎶”
In the wake of Omar’s inflammatory remarks, she was condemned by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and her Democrat colleagues more-or-less forced her to issue an apology.
In her statement Pelosi said, “Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception.” But even that was less than effective. In her remarks meant to smooth ruffled feathers, she seemed to actually double down on her previous stand against Jews.
Her remarks (below) started out on the right track. Or so it seemed.
“Anti-Semitism is real, and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.
“My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole,” she said.
It would have been good if she’d left it right there. But, Noooo! She had to keep talking.
“At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry. It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it.”President Trump, for one, wasn’t buying the so-called apology, calling it “lame” and saying “she should be ashamed of herself.”
Mr. Trump went on to say that her remarks against the Jewish people and Israel are “deep-seated in her heart” and that she “didn’t mean” her apology. He says the American people are waiting for a better apology than the half-hearted one she gave.
The President took his reprimand of Omar one step further.
“I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee,” Trump told reporters in the Cabinet Room. “Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress.”
Well, she couldn’t let the President’s tweet go unanswered. She tried turning the tables on Mr. Trump, instead of facing her own wrong-doings.
“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?”
Doesn't that sound an awful lot like, "I know you are but what am I…?"
Twitter users had a lot to say about the controversy, some very eager to add their own two cents.
“More than 75,000 People have signed a petition calling for your removal from the House Foreign Affairs Cmte!
"Resign while you’re ahead”
“After the words @IlhanMN said about the president she needs to resign. She again spread more hate after her fake apology for the last idiotic comment. This woman is a hateful racist soul and a complete embarrassment to Mn.”
“Hi there @IlhanMN. Just letting you know you're a disgrace to the House Foreign Affairs Committee. You're gleefully uninformed and you do a disservice to public servants at every level everywhere."
But one Twitter user said it best, clarifying what Rep Omar doesn’t seem to get.
“It is a long held and oft repeated Anti-Semitic talking point that Jews control $$. It goes back so far as to be mentioned in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice. She needs to speak more carefully as a Congresswoman to not keep spreading that particular trope."
Vice President Mike Pence took a strong stand against Omar's racist remarks, pulling no punches when slamming the freshman Rep.
“@IlhanMN tweets were a disgrace & her apology was inadequate. Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress, much less the Foreign Affairs Committee. Those who engage in anti-Semitic tropes should not just be denounced, they should face consequences for their words.”
So much for transparency from our elected officials!!
What are your thoughts on this controversy? Do you think Omar should resign or even be removed? We'd love to hear from you!