Ilhan Omar Claims Ignorance Over Antisemitic Remarks — But People Aren’t Buying It
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) recently came under fire after claiming she was unaware of the “tropes about Jews and money.”
The far-left congresswoman has been accused of making antisemitic remarks in the past. CNN’s Dana Bash pressed Omar over her rhetoric, citing several examples, including when Omar said “Israel has hypnotized the world,” and that America’s support for Israel is “all about the Benjamins.”
“I might have used words at the time that I didn’t understand were trafficking in antisemitism,” Omar said.
“When that was brought to my attention, I apologized. I owned up to it,” she added. “That’s the kind of person that I am, and I continue to work with my colleagues and my community to fight against antisemitism.”
As the interview continued, Omar insinuated that the Republican-led chamber had removed her from her committee assignments because of bigotry. But Bash wasn’t finished pressing the congresswoman on her past remarks.
“So when you apologized for the ‘All about the Benjamins’ comment, you said, ‘antisemitism is real, and I’m grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of antisemitic tropes.’ What did you learn?” Bash asked.
“A lot. I certainly did not, or was not aware, that the word ‘hypnotized’ was a trope,” Omar responded. “I wasn’t aware of the fact that there are tropes about Jews and money. That has been a very enlightening part of this journey. To insinuate that I knowingly said these things when people have read into my comments to make it sound as if I have something against the Jewish community is so wrong.”
Omar accused of being ‘not only an antisemite but also a bad liar’
Soon after Omar pleaded ignorance, the congresswoman faced backlash, with critics across the political spectrum accusing her of lying.
Steve Guest, the special adviser for communications for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), tweeted: “Give me a break. That’s BS.”
Avi Mayer, the former managing director of public affairs and senior spokesperson for the American Jewish Committee, tweeted: “Ilhan Omar employed one antisemitic trope in 2012, after which she said learned all about antisemitism ‘from Jewish orgs.’ She then employed another one in 2019. But she didn’t know there are tropes about Jews and money? Who believes this stuff?”
Joy Behar, a co-host of The View, said: “She said that she did not know that what she said that was construed as anti-Semitic — she did not know that was what they call a trope, a Jewish trope … that people equate money with Jews, for instance. I don’t believe her.”
Source: New York Post
5 comments on Ilhan Omar Claims Ignorance Over Antisemitic Remarks — But People Aren’t Buying It
I don’t have the time or the inclination to dig up all her past antisemitic anti Israel comments. We have read about them ad nauseum. Her apology is as honest, truthful an heartfelt as a thief knowingly stealing money from charities, offering meaningless apologizing, as they never intended to return the money.
False apologies do NOT change her heart…only trying to save her job!!
Ilhan Omar is a cynical evil minded anti Semitic liar .She is full of hate against America and the American People . Ilhan Omar must be put on trial revoke her US citizenship sentenced to prison for treason and after serving her sentence Ilhan Omar must be deported out of America back where ever she came from !
THIS IS THE REASON EVERY ONE IN CONGRESS NEEDS TO SPEAK ENGLISH. HOW CAN ANYONE BELONG TO A COMMITTEE AND NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT WORDS MEAN. WE ARE SO HAPPY THAT ”’OMAR” SCHIFF” AND ”SWALWELL’ ARE OUT. BUT NOT HAPPY THAT THEY ARE JUST GETTING MOVED TO ANOTHER POST.
THEY REALLY DO NOT BELONG IN OUR CONGRESS. WE NEED PEOPLE WITH INTEGRITY , NOT TRAITORS TO OUR COUNTRY, VERY SHAMEFUL.
PEOPLE LIKE HER, HAVE NO BUSINESSE IN OUR CONGRESS.WE NEED TO GET RID OF ALL THE SQUAD MEMBERS, THEY ARE ALL TRAITORS TO THIS COUNTRY.
She’s lying through her teeth! She’s a Muslim so who is she kidding, then to say it was just ignorance on her part.
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