This story has been updated with a statement from Rep. Omar
Several House Republican lawmakers are pushing to strip Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, D-MN, of her committee assignments over her antisemitic statements, first reported by Fox News. This comes during a similar push from Democrats to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-GA, of her committee assignments over her previous endorsements of conspiracy theories, which includes an antisemitic post from 2018.
Omar is a member of the House Budget Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Her office responded to this reporter’s request for comment with the following statement:
“Let’s be clear: this is a desperate smear rooted in racism, misogyny, and Islamophobia. Marjorie Taylor Greene has incited violence against her fellow Members of Congress, repeatedly singling out prominent women of color. She actively encouraged the insurrection on the Capitol that threatened my life and the life of every Member of Congress, and resulted in multiple deaths. She ran a campaign ad holding an assault rifle next to my face. She came to the Capitol demanding that me and Rep. Tlaib swear in on the Christian bible instead of the Quran,” she said.
“The House Republican Caucus, instead of holding her accountable, is now fanning the flames. Republicans will do anything to distract from the fact that they have not only allowed but elevated members of their own caucus who encourage violence. It’s time to stop whitewashing the actions of the violent conspiracy theorists, who pose a direct and immediate threat to their fellow Members of Congress and our most fundamental democratic processes.”
As reported by The Dark Wire, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-CA, met with Greene Tuesday and called her past comments “deeply disturbing.” Reps. Brian Babin (R-TX), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Jody Hice (R-GA), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Ronny Jackson (R-TX) are all sponsors of the proposal.
Rep. Biggs slammed the House Democrats’ latest move as “blatant hypocrisy,” in a statement to The Dark Wire Investigation Foundation.
“House Democrats have embarked on a dangerous slope in attempting to punish a Republican Member of Congress for thoughts and opinions she shared as a private citizen before being sworn into office,” Biggs said.
He added, “holding Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green accountable for statements that she made before running for Congress, while not being willing to hold sitting Democrat Members of Congress accountable for their offensive and intemperate statements is another example of blatant hypocrisy by Congressional Democrats.”
“If Democrats proceed with their authoritarianism, Republicans should reciprocate by removing Democrat members who have violated the House rules of decorum and principles of American decency while serving in this body. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has shared anti-Semitic sentiments while serving in the House of Representatives, and she should be one of the first Members held to the standard that Democrats are setting this week,” Biggs said.
Omar has made a number of antisemitic statements while in office and is a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement that seeks to economically strangle Israel. The founder of BDS, Omar Barghouti, has said the movement’s mission is to destroy the Jewish State.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has been outspokenly against BDS, saying “it unfairly and inappropriately singles out Israel and creates a double standard that we do not apply to other countries.”
Omar also infamously said “It’s all about the Benjamins baby” in response to McCarthy’s pledge to “take action” against Omar for criticizing Israel.
She also accused American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) of paying politicians for their support.
Omar later apologized.
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