Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar has come under fire for making anti-Semitic remarks on Twitter over the weekend.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019
It's all about the Benjamins baby 🎶 https://t.co/KatcXJnZLV
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 10, 2019
Omar’s Twitter comments drew swift and immediate backlash, with many calling them out as what they are, racist.
Now, after several hours, Democratic House Leadership has released a statement condemning the anti-Semitic tweets.
New: Pelosi and top Democrats condemn Rep. Omar’s controversial remarks: pic.twitter.com/8Mq1I3qzYW
— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) February 11, 2019
Democratic House Leadership statement condemning Omar’s tweets:
“Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception. We are and will always be strong supporters of Israel in Congress because we understand that our support is based on shared values and strategic interests. Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share. But Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive.
We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.”