On Sunday, after Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) displayed her blatant anti-Semitism by tweeting that GOP support for Israel was “all about the Benjamins,” and followed by accusing AIPAC of paying American politicians to support Israel, bipartisan condemnation of her remarks erupted, although no leading Democrats said a word about their colleague’s vile rhetoric.
Omar’s initial anti-Semitic tweet was triggered by famed anti-Semite leftist Glenn Greenwald, who tweeted, “GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It’s stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans.”
Omar delightedly responded, “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”
Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, an incredibly staunch supporter of Israel who saw Israel get attacked incessantly at the U.N., fired back, “To see this at the UN was a fight every day. This CANNOT be tolerated in our own Congress by anyone of either party. In a time of increased anti semitism, we all must be held to account. No excuses.”
McCarthy himself blasted, “Anti-Semitic tropes have no place in the halls of Congress. It is dangerous for Democrat leadership to stay silent on this reckless language.”
Former New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who has been virtually the only Democrat willing to call out members of his own party for their anti-Semitism, snapped, “Defending Israel from antisemites is ‘all about the Benjamins’? Really? It’s about money? Another antisemitic trope for @Ilhan Omar? She’s like an antisemitic pinball machine that spits out old canards as the ball bounces around her brain. She’s the gift that keeps on giving!”
Hikind followed with a torpedo fired directly at Democratic leadership, tweeting, “The time has come to demand Dem leaders speak out against @ilhanmn for her vile antisemitism. This isn’t going away. Where is @nancypelosi @SenSchumer @RepJerryNadler @RepEliotEngel @RepAdamSchiff @DWStweets and DNC leadership? Have they lost their ears, eyes, or damned minds?”
But alas, Democratic leadership was nowhere to be found. Instead, only freshman Democratic Congressman Max Rose, who is Jewish, responded, and even then it was a mild rebuke: “Congresswoman Omar’s statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself.”
While Democratic leadership remained silent, others were not so shy.
Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro tweeted, “Would this be another anti-Semitic trope about the Jews paying off the Republicans or do you have another angle you’re going for here, Congresswoman?”
Bret Stephens of The New York Times added, “Want to know what anti-Semitism looks like? This, here:”
Omri Ceren, the national security advisor for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), stated ironically, “I eagerly anticipate every elected Democrat in the country down to city dog catcher being asked about this in the morning, alongside endless articles & segments about the mainstreaming of anti-Semitism in the Democrat Party, which is what would happen if she was a Republican.”
Later, when she was asked whom she thought was paying off American politicians to support Israel, Omar tweeted, “AIPAC!”
By this time, Chelsea Clinton, whose husband is Jewish, decided she cared enough to get involved, writing, “Co-signed as an American. We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism.”
She was echoed by Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY), who added, “So sick & twisted. This continued anti-Semitic trope from Omar is grossly wrong. There should be NO home in US politics, college campuses, or halls of Congress for ANY of this garbage. Now she tweets that if Members of Congress support Israel then they were bought off by Jews.”