Jim Clyburn defends Ilhan Omar by saying her flight out of Somolia ‘more personal’ than Jews who had parents in the Holocaust

In an interview with The Hill, Majority Whip in the U.S. House of Representatives Jim Clyburn comes to Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s defense by saying Omar’s experience is  “more powerful” than other generations who are “removed from the Holocaust, Japanese internment camps during World War II and the other violent episodes that have marked history.”

“I’m serious about that. There are people who tell me, ‘Well, my parents are Holocaust survivors.’ ‘My parents did this.’ It’s more personal with her,” Clyburn said. “I’ve talked to her, and I can tell you she is living through a lot of pain.”

Clyburn said that long talks with former Rep. Norman Mineta (D-Calif.), a Japanese-American who was interned during WWII, gave him a special appreciation for Omar’s experiences. And he rejected the idea that the Democrats’ resolution will single her out for condemnation.

“She won’t be targeted. We’re going to target those people who had her picture on the Twin Towers,” Clyburn said. “This resolution is going to be inclusive; it’s going to be expansive; and I might just try to add something to deal with that billboard that’s up in Pennsylvania this morning calling John Lewis and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus racists.”

Clyburn joins a growing number of Democrats who are rallying around the congresswoman after other members in the party have asked her to apologize for anti-Semitic remarks.

Rashida Talib said that Omar is  “being subjected to deeply unfair scrutiny around everything she says at a different level than others,” and that “a lot of the noise out there is designed to prevent us from taking on the question of our foreign policy toward Israel.”

She also Tweeted that she’s honored to serve with Omar.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has also been in Omar’s court, vocalizing her support and tweeting that it’s disappointing to see that the freshmen congresswomen can’t ask questions about US foreign policy.


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