After appearing on MSNBC’s The Mehdi Hasan Show on Sunday, Somalia-born Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was blasted online for accusing former President Trump of antisemitism — despite her extensive personal history of antisemitic rhetoric.
“The hypocrisy of the Republicans is blatantly clear, as they are not rushing out to condemn the former president who, knowingly, repeatedly invokes dual loyalty tropes that are harmful and dangerous,” she said.
Noting that antisemitism “is on the rise and all of us have a responsibility to condemn it,” the Muslim congresswoman added, “To continue to have someone as the former president with his platform continuously speaking to his white supremacist base in such a language — it’s very scary and dangerous and we have to condemn it in the strongest ways possible.”
In response, social media lit up over her hypocrisy.
“Up next, Vladimir Putin will talk to Mehdi about the importance of international law in a nuclear world,” quipped journalist and national security expert Eli Lake.
“You (and Rashida) are the biggest instigators of Jew hatred and antisemitic conspiracies in [the] US government,” wrote columnist Emily Schrader. “You and Mehdi both have ZERO right to speak about antisemitism when YOUVE SPARKED MUCH OF THE RISE YOU MENTION. You are absolutely sickening.”
“This is comedy gold – you two condemning antisemitism!” tweeted StopAntisemitism, a watchdog group dedicated to fighting antisemitic incitement.
“Don’t ever speak for us or utter a word about us @IlhanMN, you’re the Jew hater who accused us of dual loyalty among other tropes saying ‘I want to talk about the political influence in this country (Jews) that says it is OK to push for allegiance to a foreign country (Israel),’” wrote political commentator Fred Menachem.
“Mehdi and Ilhan are two of the most public, unrepentant perpetrators of antisemitism. This condemnation isn’t genuine, they simply saw a perfect opportunity to: 1) Politically gain through posturing against Trump 2) Let themselves off the hook for their own antisemitism,” wrote one Twitter user.
“Ilhan Omar? This is like having Xi Jin Ping on to talk about threats to free speech,” wrote another.
“Having @IlhanMN on your show to scold us about antisemitism, specifically – dual loyalty tropes- is pretty ironic. Is this a joke?” asked a Twitter user. “She earned her congressional chops early in her career by spewing naked antisemitism, in the form of dual loyalty tropes! Was David Duke unavailable?”
“I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have absolutely zero interest in an antisemite’s opinion on antisemitism,” another wrote another. “@IlhanMN repeatedly peddles her own antisemitic tropes, and then has the audacity to act like an ally? No thanks.”
On Sunday, Trump, whose daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren are Jewish, expressed criticism of the refusal of American Jews to appreciate his strong support for the Jewish State and the actions he took on its behalf.