The issue of whether the Democratic Party should censor Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for recent anti-Semitic comments — the third time she's made similar comments since taking the oath of office in January — has divided House Democrats as well as the Democratic base. Longtime Members of Congress and more moderate Democrats want Omar punished, and severely. Younger Democrats and progressives seem fine with Omar's "criticisms" and the party's slow slip into "Jeremy Corbynism."
Fortunately, the nation's foremost expert on anti-Semitism, Women's March leader Linda Sarsour, has finally weighed in to resolve the conflict.
According to Sarsour, also a noted anti-Semite with strong ties to the Nation of Islam and it's outspoken leader Louis Farrakhan (who is, of course, open about his own burning hatred of the Jewish people), the anger at Omar's anti-Israel remarks stems from Rep. Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) "white feminism," and her lack of experience with "intersectionality," as well as moderate Democrats' apparent hatred of racial minorities.
Sarsour made her comments in a Facebook missive posted late Monday night.
"Nancy is a typical white feminist upholding the patriarchy doing the dirty work of powerful white men. God forbid the men are upset - no worries, Nancy to the rescue to stroke their egos," Sarsour wrote, ripping into the longtime Democratic leader and current Speaker of the House.
"For years, when members of Congress have spewed blatant anti-Muslim racism, islamophobia, propaganda against Muslims and even held racist hearings with our tax payer dollars, Democratic leadership were never swift to condemn said members or put out resolutions condemning islamophobia and/or standing in solidarity with Muslims on the record in Congress," Sarsour continued, angrily. "Democrats are playing in to the hands of the right. Dividing our base and reinforcing their narrative and giving them an easier path towards 2020."
"You want a resolution? Condemn all forms of bigotry. All forms of bigotry are unacceptable. We won’t let them pin us up against each other. We stand with Representative Ilhan Omar. Our top priority is the safety of our sister and her family," Sarsour concluded, tagging her "sister" Omar so that the post also appeared on Omar's page.
That "resolution" is similar to the one the Women's March actually issued after they were credibly accused of anti-Semitism, of course, and it was just as convincing as you might expect.
After a series of exposes revealed that both Sarsour and fellow Women's March leaders Carmen Perez and Tamika Mallory had close ties to the Nation of Islam, had hired the Nation of Islam to do security work for Women's March events, and had made openly anti-Semitic remarks to Jewish women involved in early Women's March meetings, Sarsour and the organization "apologized" by issuing a blanket condemnation of "bigotry," rather than condemning the specific bigotry — anti-Semitism — with which they were confronted.
Sarsour has continued to serve at the head of the Women's March, and Mallory, who has the closest ties to the Nation of Islam, subsequently defended Louis Farrakhan in several interviews.
Perhaps the strangest part of Sarsour's missive is that she blames Nancy Pelosi directly for the problems Omar is encountering. Pelosi is arguably the most successful and powerful female Democrat in history, and whether you agree with her or not, is a paragon of female achievement.
But she's not nearly woke enough for Linda Sarsour, because she won't openly embrace anti-Semitism.