House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday that the Democratic Party did not rebuke Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) last week after she equated the United States and Israel with terrorist groups, saying that Omar was a “valued” member of the Democratic Party.
“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity,” Omar wrote on Twitter last week in a tweet that included her questioning Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”
CNN’s Dana Bash claimed that Omar “clarified” her remarks and said that she was not trying to equate the groups.
“You and other top House Democrats released a pretty rare statement rebuking her for appearing to ‘draw false equivalencies’ between the United States and Israel and terrorist organizations Hamas and Taliban,” Bash said. “She clarified. She said that she was in no way equating them.”
Pelosi responded by saying, “We did not rebuke her. We thanked, acknowledged that she made a clarification.”
“Congresswoman Omar is a valued member of our caucus,” Pelosi later added.
Ilhan Omar equated the U.S. and Israel with terrorist groups.
Nancy Pelosi says Omar “is a valued member of our caucus” and admits Democrats did not “rebuke her.”
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PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT PROVIDED VIA CNN:
DANA BASH, CNN HOST: I want to ask you about Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
NANCY PELOSI, HOUSE SPEAKER: Yes.
BASH: You and other top House Democrats released a pretty rare statement rebuking her for appearing to — quote — “draw false equivalencies” between the United States and Israel and terrorist organizations Hamas and Taliban.
She clarified. She said that she was in no way equating them. But since all of that happened, she and others don’t seem to be letting this go. Rashida Tlaib, one of her close friends, member of your caucus, tweeted the following: “Freedom of speech don’t exist for Muslim women in Congress. The benefit of the doubt doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress.”
PELOSI: OK. You know what?
BASH: “House Democratic leadership should be ashamed.”
PELOSI: Let me just say this.
PELOSI: We did not rebuke her. We thanked — acknowledged that she made a clarification. So, before we go too far down the path, credit…
BASH: Yes, I’m — these aren’t my words. These are your caucus members’ words.
PELOSI: No, I understand that. I understand that. No, that is a member.
PELOSI: That’s a caucus member.
BASH: A caucus member.
PELOSI: A caucus member.
BASH: Yes. So, I just wanted to get your response to that.
PELOSI: Yes, and I will tell you — no, I’m not — I’m responding to that.
We — the — Congresswoman Omar is a valued member of our caucus. She asked her questions of the secretary of state. Nobody criticized those, about how people will be held accountable if we’re not going to the International Court of Justice. That was a very legitimate question. That was not of concern.
Members did become concerned when the tweet that was put out equated the United States with the Taliban and Hamas.
BASH: Rashida Tlaib is accusing you of policing women of color.
PELOSI: And — and — and then she clarified it. And we thanked her for clarification.
BASH: So, do you want people to just let it go and move on?
PELOSI: They can say whatever they want. But what I’m saying is end of subject. She clarified. We thanked her. End of subject. Whatever people go out and say is up to them. But what we — what happened is a reflection of the respect we have for our member when she made her questions at the hearing, but the disagreement that we have to equate the United States of America with Hamas and the Taliban.