Embattled Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) made arguably the most anti-Semitic remarks of her career on Wednesday night during a town hall event in Washington, D.C., claiming that her “Jewish colleagues” have devised a plan to silence her and that pro-Israel groups are making politicians loyal to Israel.
Omar — who is a well-documented anti-Semite — was flanked by fellow far-left Democrat Reps. Rashida Tlaib (MI) and Pramila Jayapal (WA) during the event at a Busboys and Poets restaurant.
Omar has been under intense scrutiny from forces across the political spectrum for promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and using anti-Semitic tropes, which earned her condemnation from her own party.
“But at an event last night, Omar went much farther,” NYMag reported. “After an audience member shouted out, ‘It’s all about the Benjamins,’ at which she smiled, she proceeded to state, ‘I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country.'”
“This is much worse. Accusing Jews of ‘allegiance to a foreign country’ is a historically classic way of delegitimizing their participation in the political system,” NYMag continued. “Whether or not the foreign policy agenda endorsed by American supporters of Israel is wise or humane, it is a legitimate expression of their political rights as American citizens. To believe in a strong American alliance with Israel (or Canada, or the United Kingdom, or any other country) is not the same thing as giving one’s allegiance to that country. Omar is directly invoking the hoary myth of dual loyalty, in which the Americanness of Jews is inherently suspect, and their political participation must be contingent upon proving their patriotism.”
In one exchange, Omar claimed without proof that her “Jewish colleagues” “designed” a plan “to end the debate” on Israel by accusing her of being anti-Semitic.
Moments later, Omar pushed the dual loyalty anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, accusing pro-Israel groups of trying to buy off politicians and making them have dual loyalties to both the United States and Israel.
“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 said as she talked about the influence of money in politics, choosing to only complain about money that goes to Republican candidates and not money that goes to Democratic candidates.
Back in Omar’s district, her constituents are waking up to her bigotry. A local newspaper published a letter to the editor by Omar constituent Maxine Baker, who said she regretted voting for Omar and called on her to resign:
I voted for Rep. Ilhan Omar. I am sorry I did. My hope was that now we have a large Somali population in Minnesota that it would be a good thing. To be elected to the United States Congress is such an honor and she could have done so much to promote relations between Somalis and other immigrants. But to make anti-semitic remarks about our Jewish allies is disgusting.
Our Jewish friends and neighbors come from the Holocaust. Isn’t that enough and didn’t the Somali people come to our country because they were being persecuted? In my opinion, Rep. Omar is not a good representative of this country. There is no place for racism in our Congress. I urge Rep. Omar to resign.
Both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have called on Omar to either resign from Congress or step down from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over her anti-Semitism.