Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) fired back at President Donald Trump yesterday for his perceived hypocrisy in demanding her resignation from Congress or the House Foreign Affairs Committee over offensive rhetoric.
Omar, who apologized for reviving anti-Semitic tropes Monday after confronting criticism from within her party, said the president “trafficked in hate” his “whole life.” By comparison, she had “learned from people impacted by my words.”
You have trafficked in hate your whole life—against Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more. I learned from people impacted by my words. When will you? https://t.co/EqqTyjkiNE
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 13, 2019
However, a report from the Twin Cities Pioneer Press – Minnesota’s second most widely-circulated newspaper – detailed how Jewish leaders in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area spoke to Omar about her views last year and that she failed to alleviate their concerns. (Twin Cities Pioneer Press)
Last year, before she was elected to the House of Representatives, before she emerged from a crowded Democratic field in Minnesota’s liberal 5th Congressional District, leaders of Minneapolis’ Jewish community fashioned what could be described as an anti-Semitic intervention of Omar, a rising star of the left whose remarks had made many fellow Democrats in the Jewish community uncomfortable.
Last year, state Sen. Ron Latz, a St. Louis Park Democrat who has served in the Legislature since 2002, invited Omar to his house, where a number of Jewish leaders had gathered. It wasn’t an ambush; Omar knew that group was there, and their purpose was to enlighten her.
[Latz recalled:] “Over the course of about two hours, we shared with her our concerns for things, including language that has references and meanings beyond just the meanings of words. Tropes, dog whistles — call them what you will. We explained to her how hurtful, and factually inaccurate, they were.
“Most of us came out of that conversation very troubled by the answers we received. I was not convinced she was going to give a balanced approach to policy in the Middle East, and I was not convinced … where her heart is on these things.”
Despite her recent apology, Omar has not deleted any of her problematic tweets dating back to 2012 when she proclaimed Israel had “hypnotized the world.”
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 16, 2012