Politics

Dem leaders want rep’s apology for ‘deeply offensive’ antisemitic tweets

In the wake of her latest controversial social media musings, freshman U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is experiencing some pointed backlash from her own side of the aisle.

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A statement signed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top congressional Democrats excoriated Omar for comments they said crossed the line into antisemitism.

“We are and will always be strong supporters of Israel in Congress because we understand that our support is based on shared values and strategic interests,” the statement read. “Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share. But Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive.”

Her most recent incendiary tweets came on Sunday, first in a post apparently claiming Republicans support Israel because of financial interests and then by alleging that the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee gives money to politicians in exchange for such support.

“We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments,” the Democratic leadership statement concluded.

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