Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) ran from reporters this week when pressed on her latest round of anti-Semitic remarks and refused to deny that she was anti-Semitic.
Fox News congressional reporter Peter Doocy questioned Omar on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., over the latest anti-Semitic comments she made where she suggested that Jewish members of Congress were trying to force her to have dual loyalties to Israel.
“Are you anti-Semitic?” Doocy asked.
Omar refused to answer as she looked away.
“Would you support this resolution condemning anti-Semitism?”
Omar refused to answer.
“Would you support the resolution condemning all forms of bigotry?”
Omar refused to answer.
On Tuesday, Omar refused to answer questions from multiple reporters as she held a cell phone up to her ear while fleeing questions. Omar did not appear to talk at all while she held the phone up to her ear.
The Daily Wire reported on Sunday that Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), who is Jewish, “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!”
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) said on Tuesday that Omar is not close to getting kicked off the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“I think the remarks she’s made have been very troubling,” Engel told CNN’s Erin Burnett. “I have spoken out very publicly and forcefully about it in saying she should apologize. Look, you hope that people who get elected to office and they grow.”
“I would hope the same thing would happen to her, but I’m not going to sit silent as long as there are people who are yelling out anti-Semitic tropes or anti-anything tropes, by the way,” Engel continued. “I’m opposed to Islamophobia. I’m opposed to hatred of any group. I’m hoping that she’ll grow and she’ll change. I’m hoping. Some people change their beliefs, I’m hoping she’ll change hers. I think what she said was wrong and hurtful. I think she should understand that.”
When asked whether he was close to stripping her of her seat, Engel replied: “No, I’m not close to it. First of all, it’s not up to me, this is done by the leadership. I don’t know that that would do anything except exacerbate the situation even more. I’m looking to get rid of anti-Semitism, not looking to punish anybody.”
The anti-Semitism scandal involving Omar has weighed down the Democratic Party for weeks as its leaders are unsure of how to deal with it.