Not for the first time, Rep. Ilham Omar (D-MN) found herself accused of anti-Semitism this week when she insinuated that Republican politicians were being bought by Jewish lobbying groups so that they would continue to support Israel. The tweets that caused the controversy involved Omar telling journalist Glenn Greenwald that for the GOP, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.” When asked specifically who was paying the Republican Party to support Israel, she replied: “AIPAC!”
This drew condemnation from across the political spectrum, and Omar – under pressure – released what the called an “unequivocal” apology. Even so, her apology demonstrated the very definition of equivocating. After saying she was sorry for offending Jews with her “THEY CONTROL THE WORLD WITH MONEY” conspiratorial tweets, she said, “At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be Aipac, the N.R.A. or the fossil fuel industry.”
But not CAIR, we assume.
In any event, President Trump was not impressed with Omar’s apology. Calling it “lame,” the president said Omar should consider stepping down.
“Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress,” Trump said Wednesday. “I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the foreign affairs committee.”
This drew Omar out of apology mode real quick.
“Hi @realDonaldTrump,” she tweeted. “You have trafficked in hate your whole life—against Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more. I learned from people impacted by my words. When will you?”
But while Omar says she’s learned from her mistakes, Jewish leaders in her home state beg to differ. According to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, Minnesota State Sen. Ron Latz and other Jewish leaders held what amounted to an intervention for Omar last year before her election to Congress.
“Over the course of about two hours, we shared with her our concerns for things, including language that has references and meanings beyond just the meanings of words,” Latz said. “Tropes, dog whistles — call them what you will. We explained to her how hurtful, and factually inaccurate, they were.
“Most of us came out of that conversation very troubled by the answers we received,” he continued. “I was not convinced she was going to give a balanced approach to policy in the Middle East, and I was not convinced where her heart is on these things.”
Of the latest controversy, Latz said: “At some point, it becomes a little tired to hear her say she’s being ‘educated.’”
Oh, but we don’t doubt that she is being educated – namely, educated in how to better hide her hatred of Israel and the Jews…until the time is right.