A dozen House Democrats publicly criticized their colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., late Wednesday, accusing her of giving “cover” to terrorist and suggesting her remarks about Hamas and the Taliban reflect a “deep-seated prejudice.”
“Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided,” the group, led by Rep. Brad Schneider, of Illinois, said in a statement, urging Omar to “clarify” her remarks.
Omar initially responded Wednesday to her critics on Twitter by calling their statement “offensive” and defending her initial remarks, which she said were taken out of context. On Thursday, she responded to the letter by saying, “To be clear: I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.”
House leadership, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., issued a statement echoing the initial condementation saying “drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all.”
“We welcome the clarification by Congresswoman Omar that there is no moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban,” the statement from leadership said.
Omar’s fellow “Squad” members voiced outrage at the Democratic lawmakers who’d criticized her.
“Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting of @IlhanMN coming from our caucus. They have no concept for the danger they put her in by skipping private conversations & leaping to fueling targeted news cycles around her,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted.
Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., wrote, “I’m not surprised when Republicans attack Black women for standing up for human rights. But when it’s Democrats, it’s especially hurtful. We’re your colleagues. Talk to us directly. Enough with the anti-Blackness and Islamophobia.”
The statement by the group of lawmakers said that the U.S. and Israel are “imperfect” and are at times deserving of critique, “but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups.”
“Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that engage in terrorism at best discredits one’s intended argument and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice,” the group wrote.
The statement by a group of Jewish lawmakers was a rare public display of the long simmering tensions over what some fellow Democrats have argued are anti-Jewish sentiments by Omar. The House previously voted in 2019 to condemn antisemitism in response to statements Omar made, but the resolution did not name her.
The latest incident was sparked Monday, when Omar posted a video on Twitter showing her questioning Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a video call about the U.S.’s opposition to the International Criminal Court investigating alleged war crimes in Afghanistan and Israel.
“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,” she tweeted about her back-and-forth with Blinken on what alternatives would be available if the ICC does not investigate the allegations.
The ICC last year authorized an investigation into allegations of war crimes by United States military and intelligence personnel, Afghan forces and the Taliban in Afghanistan dating back to 2003. A court prosecutor had argued there was a reasonable basis to believe war crimes were committed by members of the U.S. armed forces and by members of the CIA in secret detention facilities.
The decision was blasted by then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Trump administration slapped court staffers involved in the probe with economic sanctions. The Biden administration is also opposed to the probe, but the U.S. repealed the sanctions in April, a decision that was hailed by Omar at the time and during the exchange with Blinken.
In March, the ICC announced it was also investigating suspected war crimes in the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, after finding there was involving reasonable basis to believe offenses had been committed by both the Israeli military and Palestinian armed groups, including Hamas militants.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would not cooperate with the probe, which he described as “pure antisemitism.”
Omar’s spokesman, Jeremy Slevin, tweeted on Tuesday that Omar’s words were being seized on out of context by right-wing media who were focusing on her line about “unthinkable atrocities” while “the underlying question—about a legitimate criminal investigation!—is ignored.”
After the group of Democrats released their letter Wednesday, Omar responded that it was “shameful” that the group released a public statement instead of speaking to her directly.
“The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable,” she wrote.
In a follow-up tweet, Omar defended her initial remarks: “Citing an open case against Israel, US, Hamas & Taliban in the [The International Criminal Court] isn’t comparison or from ‘deeply seated prejudice’. You might try to undermine these investigations or deny justice to their victims but history has thought us that the truth can’t be hidden or silenced forever.”
The statement criticizing Omar was also signed by Reps. Jake Auchincloss, of Massachusetts; Ted Deutch, of Florida; Lois Frankel, of Florida; Josh Gottheimer, of New Jersey; Elaine Luria, of Virginia; Kathy Manning, of North Carolina; Jerry Nadler, of New York; Dean Phillips, of Minnesota; Kim Schrier, of Washington; Brad Sherman, of California; and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, of Florida.
“Rep. Omar is a deeply valued member of the Progressive Caucus,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., said in a statement. “Her voice is critical and necessary, both in the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Democratic Caucus as a whole.
“We cannot ignore a right-wing media echo chamber that has deliberately and routinely attacked a Black, Muslim woman in Congress, distorting her views and intentions, and resulting in threats against Rep. Omar and her staff,” Jayapal said on behalf of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
34 thoughts on “Political System Unites to Condemn Ilhan Omar”
Omar needs to be removed from office like a bad oven stain.
don’t you mean like a nasty skidmark in a pair of underwear!?
What do you expect from a Muslim woman sitting in an American Congress. Come on folks! She is no different than those other Muslims terrorizing in the Middle East, except Omar uses WORDS not weapons! Her heart/head is still 100% MUSLIM, NOT AMERICAN. SHE NEEDS TO BE REMOVED FROM OUR CONGRESS ASAP!
She deserves a bullet.
Omar represents the Joys of Islam and Sharia Law. Plane hijackings, African genocides, honor killings, murdering Jews, self-mutilation worship, animal torture, killing Christians, forcing women to wear bee-keeper outfits, fire & drowning executions, military base mass murder, female circumcision & genital mutilation, kidnappings, castration of pedophiles, raping women, public be-headings, women barred from driving, church arson, child brides, lying to infidels, stoning female adulterers, executing gays, over-running towns, refusing immigrant assimilation. Omar went further by marrying her brother, having an affair with an American and 2 divorces. Thank God she belongs to a religion peace or we would all be in trouble.
You have stated excellent example of supreme sarcasm.
Now Omar gets to call everyone vile names…like xenophobia and racist….right? That means all the Politian’s need to be cancel cultured and fired….right? That is how it is played in this nation now, just ask all the corporate CEO’s…???
LISTEN UP….WHETHER Anyone Likes it or Not…GOD Has a COVENANT with ISRAEL and ONE ASIAN WOMAN. WHO is ANYONE to TELL GOD…Who HE Can FAVOR or BLESS???? JERUSALEM and the PROMISED LAND Belong to ISRAEL. The JAPAN Islands Belong to GOD’S ADOPTED DAUGHTER. The REST of the WORLD Belongs to GOD and JESUS. GOD is Going to MAKE ALL THINGS NEW…Just as it is WRITTEN in the HOLY BOOK. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄
Oh Oh. The Dems must have shorted the Koolaid recipe!?. Some of them skipped a dose and may be breaking out of their Coma a bit. Aww….. cant we all just get along Nancy?
She should be stripped of her citizenship and sent back to Africa.
Remove omar AND all the rest of the muslims in our American Government.
Hi, So agree with you, this bitch dies NOT belong in our country
CENSOR THIS AIR HEAD FROM SAMOLIA AND REMOVE HER FROM CONGRESS NOW!
So what are the Democrats going to about, probably nothing like usual, they are all worthless idiots period.
And so it begins. The radicals would eventually start calling their fellow democrats racist and now some will start to understand the folly of throwing that cat call around at every turn. Doesn’t feel so good now does it? The democrats will feed on their own and this is just the beginning. Left lawmakers are feeling some of the pushback from voters and are realizing that this wokeness has gone too far like many of us conservatives have been aware of for some time. That name calling and shaming aren’t answers to anything bit an excuse to push their radical agendas. They begin to see how it feels to be labeled a hater and are coming to understand that they are not insulated from verbal attacks just because they are on the side of what they had believed to be right. “The Squad” will learn that they are expendable and that they have been allowed to say ludicrous things as a testing platform to measure the impact whether negative or positive ot had on the voters. They were given the rope to hang themselves and as with all radicals they pushed too far and exposed themselves as the true haters. Let this be a warning to the likes of Maxine Waters and the rest of the race baiters in congress. The tactics of race baiting and division are not going to work for much longer and the law abiding taxpaying voters are fed up with division and lawlessness in their streets. The time has come to unite as Americans and to stop the vitriolic hyperbole that has become so invasive in American politics. We require representation with substance and solutions not bile filled hatred and finger pointing. Time for congress to legislate and stop blaming Trump for their failures to recognize the folly of their tactics. I believe it’s too late to back pedal now as many are all in and a reversal would only prove how wrong they were yet many are trying anyway. They see the tide is turning as we who were on the other side of the finger pointing already knew. When the dust settles and the next election cycle is over there will be reckoning and the house will flip to republican because the democrats in their hatred of Trump and all things conservative have blinded them to the needs of their voting public. Only anarchists want constant violence in the streets and even left leaning voters want safety and security. The chickens have come home to roost and the price must be paid for selling out America.
Amen! I God WE Trust. We trust His Inspiration of the authors of our CONSTITUTION also! The priorities of the radical left propagandized lie agenda SUBMITS TO OUR UNITY!
She is a disgrace. Her life was saved by the USA and she spits venom. She is an ungrateful bitch that if she said things like this where she comes from they would have either cut her tongue out or stoned her. Revoke her nationality status and pack her ass, along with her present (traitor) husband back where she came from! She a fraud anyway!
Anyone who is anti-American should not be allowed to be come a citizen of the U.S., to say nothing about becoming a member of our U.S. Government.
Gee, do you really think the dems as a group will officially castigate, much less condemn, the supporting terrorist? not in the environment of the democrat party led by the mumbling Biden and see no evil Pelosi.
But you should not ignore what those right wing media are trying to tell you.
This whole mob of anti-American and anti-Semites should be removed from office or at least committees. After all they did it to Green for a lot less and when she wasn’t even in office. Nothing like double standards for these low life Marxists.
Somali pirates who broke through unknown routes into the US Congress accuse our country of terrorism and jihad – is this normal?
Deport or lock up this Muslim Terrorist Bitch. She HATES America
Send the witch back to Somalia for her crimes. They will take care of her.
There was no “taking out of context” or “misunderstanding” the clear comparison of the US & Israel to Hamas. Neither is it “islamophobia” to call her on it! That female has been publicly outspoken about her HATE for this nation she committed FRAUD to get into, & it’s long past time she’s stripped of her deceitfully obtained US citizenship & sent back to Somalia!
The squad is an incompetent to qualify as a constituent representative, rat pack, that hides behind their card game, playing race cards against any real discussion of any American values, issues or moral compass whatsoever. True Americans do not support woke CCP citizen controls, they support the Constitution as written. True Americans support our Allies against all antisemitic and terrorist attacks! Which leaves Omar et. al. supporting only one thing, their own anti-American agenda, of domestic terror, lawfare, and unconstitution revolt, against American culture and decency.
She should be charged with TREASON and sent to jail!
What do you expect from a Muslim woman sitting in an American Congress? Her heart and head is 100% MUSLIM AND SHE USES WORDS INSTEAD OF WEAPONS TO DESTROY.
OMAR NEEDS TO GO ASAP IF America is ever going to be secure again! Muslims DO NOT BELONG IN OUR CONGRESS…EVER!
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