Fool Me Once: Ilhan Omar Again Accused of Anti-Semitism After Tweeting About Jewish Billionaire


To be clear, it can be almost impossible to truly know what’s in someone’s heart: A simple lie or a good bit of PR can easily fool you.

But given enough of even the briefest glimpses, and you can start to piece together something resembling a reasonable estimation of a person’s character.

Given that, it’s hard to blame critics for calling out Democratic Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar for an apparently anti-Semitic subtext in recent tweet she posted.

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Responding to a CNBC report that billionaire investor Leon Cooperman would be supporting billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in his likely presidential bid, Omar wrote “I wonder why?” with a thinking face emoji.

As numerous Twitter users pointed out, both Cooperman and Bloomberg are Jewish.

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova called Omar’s comment “wrong.”

Others called for Omar to elaborate on her comments.

Some said that Omar was trying to stir up anti-Semitic bigotry.

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According to the New York Post, Omar’s spokesman Jeremy Slevin said Omar was referring to the fact that both men are billionaires.

That might hold water for the uninformed, and it’s true that Omar has endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (who is also Jewish, but a radical leftist of the “squad” variety).

But to take the statement at face value would ignore much of what the public knows about Rep. Ilhan Omar.

And if she did not have such a blatant history of making comments with similar anti-Semitic undertones (some more overt than others), one might be willing to give her the benefit of the doubt.

Who can forget the time that Omar shared an anti-Semitic cartoonist’s drawing of Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump “silencing” her?

Perhaps she legitimately didn’t know that the cartoonist had entered, Iran’s International Holocaust Cartoon Contest in 2006 and won second-place.

Did you think Omar was making veiled statement of anti-Semitism?

But then what about the time she seemed to imply that Jewish lawmakers have dual loyalties to Israel and America?

Or what about her general support for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement?

Any one of these incidents on its own would be a bad look. Together? It’s hard to blame anyone for accusing her of being anti-Semitic.

At best, Ilhan Omar might just be a victim of exceptionally poor judgment, timing and choice of words.

At worst? Her sharpest critics may very well have a point.

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Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than two years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics.
Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than two years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He is an avid fan of sports, video games, politics and debate.
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