Ilhan Omar’s Ally, AOC, Calls Out Dems Over Anti-Semitic Resolution
We’ve told you all week about the controversy surrounding Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and remarks that she made last week saying that American lawmakers who support Israel have an “allegiance to a foreign country.” Democratic leaders took the remarks as anti-Semitic and were set to vote on a resolution condemning such sentiment on Tuesday, without mentioning Omar by name. But Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said, not so fast. She and several lawmakers were angry that the House was poised to vote on a measure indirectly condemning Omar while failing to denounce the vitriol that she has faced as a Muslim. “Incidents like these do beg the question: where are the resolutions against homophobic statements? For anti-blackness? For xenophobia? For a member saying he’ll send Obama home to Kenya?” AOC tweeted to her 3.4 million followers. “One of the things that is hurtful about the extent to which reprimand is sought of Ilhan is that no one seeks this level of reprimand when members make statements about Latinx + other communities (during the shutdown, a GOP member yelled “Go back to Puerto Rico!” on the floor).” Omar’s allies pointed out an incident last week in the West Virginia State Capitol, where a sign was posted at a state GOP Party event falsely linking Omar, an immigrant from Somalia who’s one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, with the 9/11 attacks. They suggest the House should also rebuke that behavior. Top Democratic leaders met in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) office Tuesday to discuss the resolution language. WaPo reports that two Democratic aides said language would be added to condemn anti-Muslim bias specifically, while another said it could condemn religious hatred generally. Pelosi said a vote on the resolution will happen this week. More here.