Embattled Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) ignited another firestorm on Sunday when she made anti-Semitic comments to a Jewish member of Congress, accusing the congresswoman of wanting her to have dual loyalties to Israel.
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), who is Jewish and the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, condemned Omar on Friday for anti-Semitic remarks she made last week, calling her comments “vile,” “anti-Semitic,” “outrageous,” and “deeply hurtful.”
On Sunday, Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), who is also Jewish, also called out Omar for her anti-Semitic remarks from last week, tweeting: “Lawmakers must be able to debate w/o prejudice or bigotry. I am saddened that Rep. Omar continues to mischaracterize support for Israel. I urge her to retract this statement and engage in further dialogue with the Jewish community on why these comments are so hurtful.”
Omar responded: “Our democracy is built on debate, Congresswoman! I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee. The people of the 5th elected me to serve their interest. I am sure we agree on that!”
In essence, what Omar is saying is that she believes Jewish people expect her to have dual loyalties to Israel.
“I have not mischaracterized our relationship with Israel, I have questioned it and that has been clear from my end,” Omar falsely claimed.
Omar later falsely claimed: “I have not said anything about the loyalty of others, but spoke about the loyalty expected of me. There is the difference.”
Engel’s condemnation of Omar last week was specifically over her comments about the loyalties of others.
First, Omar pushed an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that her “Jewish colleagues” had “designed” a plan to accuse her of being anti-Semitic “to end the debate” on Israel.
Moments later, Omar pushed the anti-Semitic dual loyalty canard, saying: “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country [Israel].”
Omar’s latest round of anti-Semitic remarks drew a lot of criticism from notable figures in the media and in politics:
“Someone please write ‘Antisemitism for Dummies,”’ Bret Stephens tweeted. “Nobody expects @IlhanMN to pledge ‘allegiance’ to Israel. But her attacks on pro-Israel Americans of doing so is a charge of dual loyalty. That is classic anti-Semitism.”
“Keep on saying this,” Jim Hanson tweeted. “You knew what it meant the first time and none of your non-apologies meant a thing You are equating support for Israel w/ dual loyalty & that is anti-Semitic How long can the Dems carry this hater.”
“This one shows just how deep in the bubble she is,” Seth Mandel tweeted. “For ten years this is the lie the left has tried to sell—we’re only opposed to Bibi—and there were just so many ppl dumb enough to let them get away with it. I’m grateful Omar has finally revealed it as the lie it’s always been.”
“She just keeps doubling down on the dual loyalty smear and Democratic leadership simply doesn’t give a crap,” Ben Shapiro tweeted.
“Look, the words of an anti-Semitic disgrace to Congress,” Adam Kredo tweeted.