On Sunday’s CNN “State of the Union” Nancy Pelosi claims she did not “rebuke” radical socialist “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after the second-term congresswoman yet again made anti-Semitic comments and shared a video labeled an anti-Jewish terrorist organization.
The New York Post reports:
Pelosi downplayed a split between Democratic leadership and the progressive “Squad” over the remarks which some interpreted as equating the US with Hamas and the Taliban.
“We did not rebuke her,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) told Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Pelosi and 11 other House Democrats had penned a letter to Omar asking for clarification – and they “thanked her” after she issued a clarification, the speaker told Bash.
“The congresswoman, Omar, is a valued member of our caucus,” Pelosi said.
High-profile progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) had stood by Omar and called out House leadership in tweets, with AOC lamenting “intentional mischaracterization” and “public targeting” of Omar from within the caucus.
Bash asked Pelosi specifically about AOC’s comments and a tweet by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) seemingly critical of their leadership’s letter.
Bash followed up, asking “So do you want people to let it go on and just move on?”
“They can say whatever they want,” Pelosi replied. “But what I’m saying, end of subject.” She clarified, “we thanked her, end of subject.”