After some back and forth, the House GOP voted to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar over her anti-American and antisemitic statements. The resolution mentioned Omar’s repeated smears of Jews and Israel, as well as her infamous “some people did something” response to 9/11, and her statement, “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”.
Omar has made no secret of hating America and Jews. Brief efforts by moderate Dems to condemn her were quickly sidelined. And in the face of the House GOP vote, Democrats embraced her as never before.
The media refused to cover Omar’s history of antisemitism and instead rebroadcast claims that sanctioning her over antisemitism is racist and Islamophobic.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries did admit that Omar had” used antisemitic tropes”, but described it as her having “made mistakes” when there are no actual mistakes here.
“There has been accountability; Ilhan Omar has apologized; she has indicated that she’ll learn from her mistakes,” Jeffries argued. “So this is not about accountability, it’s about political revenge.”
That sidesteps the issue by attacking the motivations of Republicans. The logical fallacy here conveniently avoids the question of antisemitism. And Jeffries went further than most Democrats were willing to go in even suggesting that Omar might have done something wrong. Instead, they have embraced her as never before. That’s why Omar knows this is a win for her and a further tainting of the Democrats.