It sounds like it should be an Onion story, but it’s not: Rep. Ilhan Omar, she of the infamous dual loyalties remark, is now joining something called the Black-Jewish Caucus in the House of Representatives, according to a report from Jewish Insider.
In fact, it probably is a joke in its own way. The caucus is supposed to — at least according to Omar — help protect Muslims and Jews from a “white nationalist” threat.
“The caucus was first announced this week by Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) with House Jewish members Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY),” Jewish Insider reported.
“Other founding co-chairs include Reps. John Lewis (D-GA), Will Hurd (R-TX) and Chair of the Democratic Caucus Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY).”
Now, at least one of these members has been called a “bigot” by Omar (we’ll get to that shortly), but on Twitter, Omar stressed that this new caucus was meant to be a hedge against bigotry.
“Last month, [Democrat Illinois Rep. Jan Schakwosky] and I joined together to talk about the common threat of white nationalism faced by Muslim, black and Jewish-Americans,” she tweeted Friday.
“Glad to see colleagues follow through in working on the things that unite us and not divide us.”
Last month, @janschakowsky and I joined together to talk about the common threat of white nationalism faced by Muslim, black and Jewish-Americans. Glad to see colleagues follow through in working on the things that unite us and not divide us ??https://t.co/KxGV0lnnGI https://t.co/ylJTjmjnxk
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 5, 2019
And then she promptly went for division by retweeting support Women’s March organizer and professional anti-Semite Linda Sarsour, who had previously called Rep. Zeldin an “anti-Arab, anti-Palestinian bigot.”
“Just to be clear, my endorsement of the caucus and willingness to unite our communities against the threats of White supremacy isn’t an endorsement of Zeldin’s bigotry!” Omar tweeted.
“Linda’s point still remains valid but my hope here is that Zeldin can learn and grow.”
Just to be clear, my endorsement of the caucus and willingness to unite our communities against the threats of White supremacy isn’t an endorsement of Zeldin’s bigotry!
Linda’s point still remains valid but my hope here is that Zeldin can learn and grow. https://t.co/2Fp6znt353
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 6, 2019
Yes, clearly he’s the one who needs to “learn and grow.” I swear this isn’t a Rep. Omar parody account. (They shut those down, anyway.)
Keep in mind that this is a member of Congress who’s been chastised on multiple occasions for open anti-Semitism. Between accusations of dual loyalties or the accusation that congressmen follow the lead of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee because “[i]t’s all about the Benjamins, baby,” Omar is arguably the most public Jew-baiter in Congress since John E. Rankin.
Even as she joins this farcical caucus, she’s still calling a Jewish member of Congress a bigot because her friend Sarsour says he “campaigns with neo-Nazis & white supremacists.”
In an opinion piece for the Daily Wire, Ian Haworth said that “what must be noted is that Ilhan Omar is intentionally portraying the issue of extremism as a false choice, wherein we can only combat one form of extremist violence and must therefore decide which is more of a threat.
“In reality, we should be able to agree that all forms of extremist violence and discrimination should be rejected. After all, the Democrats themselves chose not to condemn Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitism, and instead supported a broader condemnation of amorphous ‘hate.’”
Yes, remember that?
Remember when the Democrats tried to officially discipline Omar for saying, “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country?”
And remember how that whole official castigation for a shameful dual-loyalties comment became a catch-all resolution condemning all sorts of hate without going very deeply into anti-Semitism?
White nationalism is a terrible thing. Rep. Omar is an anti-Semite. Democrats apparently haven’t learned that invoking the specter of the first proposition doesn’t negate the second one.
As for Republicans like Zeldin and Hurd, their participation in this charade of a “bipartisan” caucus is beyond unseemly. It’s as if Louis Farrakhan sent his kids to Hebrew school to atone for his anti-Semitic sins — funny, if it weren’t so deadly serious.
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