Newly elected Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar responded Wednesday morning to Donald Trump’s call for her resignation and accused him of “trafficking” in hate and intolerance. People are beginning to defend Omar because the reaction to her “Anti-Semitism” seems to be overblown and fueled by the Right and it’s debatable that what she said even was anti-Semitic.
Omar countered Trump by accusing him of discrimination against “Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more,” adding that she learned from “people impacted” by comments she made that many, including fellow Democrats, called anti-Semitic.
“Hi @realDonaldTrump- You have trafficked in hate your whole life—against Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more. I learned from people impacted by my words. When will you?” she said Wednesday morning.
You have trafficked in hate your whole life—against Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more. I learned from people impacted by my words. When will you? https://t.co/EqqTyjkiNE
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 13, 2019
People are realizing that Omar was probably not being anti-Semitic and was probably just misinformed. It should’t be controversial to call out money in American politics or foreign influence in the US gov’t in any form. It’s a reality we must face. It doesn’t matter who the donors are, be they Israeli, Saudi, Russian, or domestic oil and gas companies. Ilhan Omar knows this.
Keep in mind too that she is being fiercely attacked and bullied by the Right on a daily basis. Ilhan Omar didn’t really say anything wrong. It is not antisemitic to criticize PAC money being used to influence politicians on behalf of a foreign government, nor is it antisemitic to criticize the state of Israel.
Trump told reporters yesterday that he thinks Omar’s apology is inadequate and “lame” and called for her resignation, “Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress. And I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.” Trump doesn’t really care either way, he’s just saying what his handlers tell him to.
President Trump on anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) "Her lame apology, and that's what it was, it was lame, and she didn't mean a word of it, was just not appropriate. I think she should resign from Congress." pic.twitter.com/ZLFwDOttqa
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 12, 2019