The senior communications director for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) claimed on Wednesday that "anti-Semitism is a right-wing force," which comes after months of Omar promoting anti-Semitic tropes and conspiracy theories.
Jeremy Slevin, who also serves as a strategist for Omar, wrote on Twitter: "Anti-semitism is a right-wing force Anti-semitism is a right-wing force Anti-semitism is a right-wing force Anti-semitism is a right-wing force Anti-semitism is a right-wing force Anti-semitism is a right-wing force Anti-semitism is a right-wing force Anti-semitism is a right-win."
Omar is perhaps the most anti-Semitic member of Congress, as she has already been condemned twice by her own colleagues for her anti-Semitism in her first couple of months on the job.
In 2012, Omar tweeted: "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel."
The false claim that Israel has the power to "hypnotize the world" is an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that was used by Nazi Germany to demonize Jews.
Omar has also:
- Accused her "Jewish colleagues" of "designing" a plan "to end the debate" on Israel by accusing her of being anti-Semitic.
- Accused a Jewish congresswoman of wanting her to have dual loyalties to Israel.
- Claimed that she does not understand why Jewish Americans would find her anti-Semitic comments to be offensive.
- Supported anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel.
- Compared Israel to Iran, which is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, and suggested that Israel should not be allowed to exist as a Jewish state.
- Promoted the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that pro-Israel groups were paying American politicians to have dual loyalties to Israel.
Slevin faced widespread mockery on social media, including the following notable responses:
Israel Policy Forum Policy Director Michael Koplow: "The claim that anti-Semitism is only a right-wing force in the United States suggests that your Twitter bio, which posits you to be a communications and strategy professional but an amateur everything else, is unintentionally hilarious."
Republican strategist Arthur Schwartz: "You work for Ilhan Omar. You used to work for Keith Ellison."
Forward Opinion Editor Batya Ungar-Sargon: "Yikes. @IlhanMN's comms guy. This... explains a lot?"
Elliott Hamilton: "Just because you repeat a lie several times doesn’t mean it is suddenly true. It does, however, make you look ridiculous. Keep shielding your Jew-hating boss, though. Great optics."
Ned Ryun: "Little Lefties are so used to retreating to their safe spaces and repeating their safe words 1000x that they think it all somehow makes it true. Bruh, BDS movement is a Leftist, anti-Semitic movement. Socialism, including National Socialism, is a leftie, anti-Semitic movement."
Tablet Magazine writer Yair Rosenberg: "This from Ilhan Omar's comms guy is deeply misguided. I've reported on anti-Semitism for years across continents. It's not a Muslim problem, a Christian problem, a left problem or a right problem. It's a human problem. Anyone telling you otherwise needs to educate themselves."
Jim Hanson: "Repeating a dangerous falsehood doesn't make it true. Anti-Semitism is an evil that spans far too many ideologies. And infests the office you work in."
Law professor David Bernstein: "This guy works for @IlhanMN. Note the implication of this (false, antisemitism spans the political spectrum) statement: @IlhanMN is not right-wing, so she can't be antisemitic. This is the sort of crap American Jews are going to deal with as the Dems lurch toward Corbynization."
Julie Lenarz: "Wow @IlhanMN's comms guy dismisses anti-Semitism as a "right-wing force." Corbyn tries the same deflection tactics. They must think we are fools. We are no fools, and we'll keep calling out anti-Semites whenever, wherever we find them!!"
Dave Rubin: "Ilhan Omar’s comms guy is looking for a promotion apparently. (The ignorance here, beyond the NPC style of tweeting, is breathtaking.)"