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Nancy Pelosi, Ilhan Omar

Pelosi seeks to quell uproar over Omar's latest comments

Democrats in leadership worked to keep their caucus united after a war of words this week between members over comments by the Minnesota congresswoman.

6/10/2021 11:04:00 PM

Democrats in leadership worked to keep their caucus united after a war of words this week between members over comments by the Minnesota congresswoman.

Democrats in leadership worked to keep their caucus united after a war of words this week between members over comments by the Minnesota congresswoman.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she welcomed a clarification from Rep. Ilhan Omar over a tweet about Israel that critics on both sides of the aisle said had unfairly compared the U.S. and Israel to terrorist groups.In a written statement, Pelosi, D-Calif., said that “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 peace and security for all.

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“We welcome the clarification by Congresswoman Omar that there is no moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban,” Pelosi continued.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Ilhan Omar. (Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: Ken Cedeno/Reuters, Emilie Richardson/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Jewish lawmakers criticized Omar, D-Minn., for the tweet she posted Monday showing a video of her questioning Secretary of State Antony Blinken about how domestic courts can handle war crimes. Accompanying the clip, Omar added a message that read, “We 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. I asked [Blinken] where people are supposed to go for justice.”

A group of legislators led by Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., released a statement late Wednesday condemning Omar’s tweet: “Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided. 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.”

In response, Omar initially blasted her fellow Democrats.“It’s shameful for colleagues who call me when they need my support to now put out a statement asking for ‘clarification’ and not just call,” sheon Wednesday. “The Islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable.”

Story continuesOn Thursday afternoon, however, Omar released a statement offering the requested clarification."To be clear: the conversation was about accountability for specific incidents regarding those ICC cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel,” she wrote. “I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems."

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. (Getty Images)With a number of key votes that will require a unified Democratic caucus, the statement from Pelosi appeared designed to strike a delicate balance, condemning the likening of Israel to terrorist groups while accepting Omar’s clarification.

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Omar, a Somali refugee and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, has battled with pro-Israel members of Congress and Democratic leadership since taking office. In 2019, she apologizedafter making controversial commentsabout the pro-Israel lobby American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

While most Democrats stayed quiet on Omar’s latest remarks, she received backing from other progressives who have been more outspoken in their criticism of Israeli policy toward Palestinians.“I am tired of colleagues (both D+R) demonizing [Omar],” tweeted Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., who is of Palestinian descent. “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.”

“Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting of [Omar] coming from our caucus,” tweeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. “They have no concept for the danger they put her in by skipping private conversations & leaping to fueling targeted news cycles around her.”

Ahead of Pelosi’s statement, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., tried to ramp up pressure on the speaker to take action against Omar.“Rep. Omar”s anti-Semitic & anti-American comments are abhorrent,” McCarthy tweeted. “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.”

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IlhanOmar may have offered a 'clarification' but we know how she really feels...she hates America. I would love to know what the mix is if people who vote for Omar. How many of them are from the middle east. There is a large concentration of middle easterners in Minnesota. You can conquer a country easier from the inside than from the outside.

Omar's statement was crystal clear! Her only recourse is to totally disavow it, apologize to the American people, and then resign from Congress. Now that’s a picture of artificial intelligence there! The DNC has never been united. Is the catch-all controll opposition for everyone who isn't a hardcore conservative.

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