Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar’s own party is being forced to turn on her after a series of over-the-line radical comments – where she compared the U.S. and Israel to terrorist organizations.
Omar, a member of the progressive “Squad,” posted a tweet that said that the U.S. needs to “have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.”
The Minnesota Democrat then claimed America and Israel have committed “unthinkable atrocities” like those committed by the terrorist groups.
“We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,” wrote Omar.
Senior Democratic leaders issued a unified statement Thursday, denouncing the comments made by Omar as she grouped the very country she represents with the world’s worst terror groups.
The statement was part of an internecine war of words within the Democratic Party, with some leftist members of the caucus supporting Omar against attacks by the leadership.
In a statement led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and joined by five other elected House Democratic leaders, the top officials warned Omar against making drastic comparisons.
“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,” the group wrote.
Members of the far-left “Squad” in the House of Representatives jumped to defend Rep. Omar’s comparison of the U.S. and Israel to terrorists.
“Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting of @IlhanMN coming from our caucus,” Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, tweeted. “They have no concept for the danger they put her in by skipping private conversations & leaping to fueling targeted news cycles around her.”
Ocasio-Cortez was referring to a statement from Reps. Brad Schneider, Brad Sherman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and eight other Democrats that also slammed Omar for “Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban.”
“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 said. “The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups. We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the US and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban.”
Omar, instead of apologizing for her comments, doubled down on them by saying the criticism from within her own party was “shameful” and “Islamophobic.”
“The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable,” Omar added.
Meanwhile, Reps. Cori Bush. and Rashida Tlaib, also jumped to Omar’s defense later on as the tensions that had been simmering in the House Democratic caucus in recent weeks and months broke out into an all-out war.
“Stop attacking @IlhanMN. Stop attacking us,” Bush said. “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.”
“I am tired of colleagues (both D+R) demonizing @IlhanMN,” Tlaib added. “Their obsession with policing her is sick. She has the courage to call out human rights abuses no matter who is responsible. That’s better than colleagues who look away if it serves their politics.”
Republicans Thursday seized on the bickering in the House Democratic caucus, with some, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, calling on Omar to face consequences.
“Rep. Omar’s anti-Semitic & anti-American comments are abhorrent,” McCarthy said. “Speaker Pelosi’s continued failure to address the issues in her caucus sends a message to the world that Democrats are tolerant of anti-Semitism and sympathizing with terrorists. It’s time for the speaker to act.”
Other Republicans called on Omar to be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Author: Charles Ritter