(Dmytro “Henry” Aleksandrov, Headline USA) Far-left “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., apologized for her anti-Semitic remarks, allegedly, and immediately launched into an attack that criticized Republicans for being Islamophobic.
On CNN’s State of the Union, Omar made the comments in response to her possibly being removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over her previous and numerous anti-Semitic statements, according to the Post Millennial. To remove Omar from the committee, a full House vote would be needed.
“I might have used words at the time that I didn’t understand were trafficking in antisemitism,” she said. “When that was brought to my attention, I apologized. I owned up to it. That’s the kind of person that I am.”
In 2012, Omar claimed that “Israel has hypnotized the world,” and added, “may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
In 2019, she responded to Glenn Greenwald’s tweet that said that Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was targeting her and another “Squad” member — Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. — for their anti-Semitic criticism of Israel, writing that “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”
“I’m told that Republicans presented a list in their meeting, in a private meeting, this past week. Included in that list is that you said that Israel hypnotized the world,” CNN host Dana Bash said.
“You said Israel is an apartheid regime, that politicians with pro-Israel stance – stances were all about the Benjamins, which you very notably apologized for, that you support the BDS movement, which a lot of people think is rooted in antisemitism, compared the US and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban.”
Omar replied by saying that she didn’t know that “there are tropes about Jews and money,” but adding that people who think she is an anti-Semite are wrong.
She said that the Republicans who want to hold her accountable for her previous remarks are “politically motivated” and accused the Republican party of Islamophobia.
“It is politically motivated, and in some cases motivated by the fact that many of these members don’t believe a Muslim, refugee, an African, should even be in Congress, let alone have the opportunity to serve on the Foreign Affairs Committee,” she said.
“I mean, I’m not making any accusations. I’m just laying out the facts. You remember Donald Trump coming into my state and saying Muslims, Somali refugees are infiltrating our country.”
“You remember Marjorie Taylor Greene coming to Congress after Rashida [Tlaib] and I got sworn in and saying Muslims are infiltrating Congress. You remember [Lauren] Boebert saying that I was a terrorist. What did McCarthy do? He said, ‘she apologized, and we don’t have to worry about her Islamophobia,’” she added.