Thursday on Twitter, Members of the radical “Squad” defended Rep. Ilhan Omar after a dozen of her Democrat colleagues condemned her latest anti-Semitic outburst comparing the U.S. and Israel to the terrorists of Hamas.
Omar, who has a history of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic statements, declared Monday that the U.S. “must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”
Twelve of Omar’s Jewish Democrat colleagues chastised her for the comparison, calling it “offensive” and “misguided.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and Squad mates Cori Bush, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, fired back. “Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting of @IlhanMN coming from our caucus,” AOC wrote.
Pressley wrote, “Stop the bad faith attempts to take @IlhanMN’s words out of context. … Imagine if Congress was outraged by what Palestinians endure daily.” Bush suggested that the issue with Somali Muslim Omar stemmed from anti-blackness and “Islamophobia.” Tlaib wrote she was “tired of her colleagues (both D&R) demonizing” Omar.
Omar herself responded, saying the condemnation was “shameful” and predictably accusing her critics of using “islamophobic tropes” against her.
Jewish Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY) called for Omar to be stripped of her Foreign Affairs Committee membership, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said Thursday, “Rep. Omar’s anti-Semitic & anti-American comments are abhorrent.”