House leadership in both parties released statements condemning Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., after she made anti-Semitic comments on Twitter.
Following pressure from Jewish groups to speak out, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., released a statement for Democratic leadership condemning Omar’s “use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters.”
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 11, 2019
Earlier, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., issued a call for Rep. Omar to be removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee. Scalise is the second member of Republican leadership in the House to call for Omar be kicked off the committee, following House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, R-Wy.
Good that some Dems have condemned the disgraceful anti-Semitic remarks of Rep. Omar—but their words are empty unless Dem leaders remove her from the Foreign Affairs Committee. No one with her anti-Semitic views should be allowed to represent US foreign policy on that committee.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) February 11, 2019
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) February 11, 2019
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has vowed to take “action” against Omar, criticizing her comments as “unacceptable in this country” and making reference to action he’s previously taken against Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who came under fire last month after wondering aloud in an interview how the term “white supremacist” became offensive.
There’s no word yet on whether Democrats will remove Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee, or if she will face any consequences at all.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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