Did Minnesota Democrats know that Ilhan Omar had anti-Semitic tendencies? Did they intentionally look the other way?
If so, what does that say about their character?
Once again, Omar shows no shame after responding to a series of tweets from journalist Glenn Greenwald.
GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It's stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans https://t.co/It1fGm1b70
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 10, 2019
Equating @IlhanMN & @RashidaTlaib's criticism of Israel to Steve King's long defense of white supremacy is obscene (McCarthy said it's worse). In the US, we're allowed to criticize our own government: certainly foreign governments. The GOP House Leader's priorities are warped.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 10, 2019
Sorry, but you're not going to turn the two first Muslim women to serve in the US Congress into overnight Jew-haters because of their criticisms of Israel. What's actually anti-Semitic is conflating the Government of Israel with Jews, so those of you doing that should stop.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 11, 2019
Enter Omar with the anti-Semitic sterotype:
It's all about the Benjamins baby https://t.co/KatcXJnZLV
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 10, 2019
If not blatantly obvious to the untrained eye, here’s the problem with her tweet:
“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” Rep. Omar said, a reference to Jewish people and money. A typical antisemitic stereotype.
She then retweeted a “hook-nosed” tweet:
— Brandon Conradis (@BConradis) February 11, 2019
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) February 11, 2019
Defending Israel from antisemites is “all about the Benjamins”? Really? It’s about money?
Another antisemitic trope for @Ilhan Omar? She’s like an antisemitic pinball machine that spits out old canards as the ball bounces around her brain.
She’s the gift that keeps on giving! https://t.co/w5HWhLqyWd
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) February 11, 2019
This is really disappointing, Congresswoman.
It makes me incredibly proud to see you in Congress. I believe you are a good person. Attempts to silence you are shocking and un-American.
But I’m starting to lose faith given your uses of anti-Semitic tropes. Please do better.
— Michael Simon (@mbsimon) February 11, 2019
You are an anti-Semite.
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) February 11, 2019
In 2016, nine Minnesota men were charged with plotting to join ISIS.
Omar, who has blasted Israel for a good long while and has been photographed with some questionable personalities (as you’ll see below), asked the judge to show “compassion.”
Compassion for men who want to join ISIS, huh?
From Fox 9:
The 9 Minnesota men charged with planning to join ISIS are scheduled to be sentenced next week. Ahead of those court dates, 13 letters were sent to Judge Michael Davis in the case of defendant Abdirahman Yasin Daud, including a letter from state Rep. Ilhan Omar, who on Election Night became with first elected Somali-American lawmaker in the nation.
Rep. Omar asked Judge Davis for “compassion” and a “restorative approach to justice,” concluding that “this ruling can set a precedent and has the potential to be a landmark case in addressing extremism.”
In 2012, Ilhan Omar tweeted about the “evil doings of Israel.”
She may not have imagined she’d one day be elected to Congress, forced to answer for her words.
The original tweet:
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 16, 2012
Omar defended her tweet during an interview with PBS’ Christine Amanpour.
From Daily Wire:
Far-left Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) defended a past anti-Semitic remark she made on Twitter in an interview with PBS on Tuesday, saying those were “the only words I could think about expressing at that moment.”
Amanpour: “Can I just move on to something that’s generally a rite of passage for politicians in the United States, and that is to sort of profess a sort of fealty or at least pay homage to AIPAC, the pro-Israel PAC that is very, very prominent. Should Jewish Americans be worried about congresswoman Ilhan Omar or Rashida Tlaib because of the BDS movement, because of one of the tweets you made a long time ago, you were part of a new wave of Democrats not afraid to be critical of the government of Israel.”
Amanpour, continued: “During the 2012 military offensive in Gaza, you tweeted, ‘Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. How do you put that into context now and what do you say to American Jews?”
Omar: “I remember when that was happening, watching tv and really feeling as if no other life was being impacted in this war and that really, those unfortunate words were the only words I could think about expressing at that moment. What is really important to me is that people recognize that there is a difference between criticizing a military action by a government that has exercised really oppressive policies and being offensive or attacky [sic] to particular people of faith.”
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