Earlier Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a joint statement from Democratic House leadership condemning Omar's tweets and demanding she apologize.
"It's all about the Benjamins baby", Omar replied, referring to American $100 bills featuring the likeness of Benjamin Franklin.
Omar on Monday stood by her criticism of the "problematic role of lobbyists in our politics", lumping in AIPAC with the pro-gun National Rifle Association and oil companies. "It's gone on too long and we must be willing to address it". And while her remarks about AIPAC don't necessarily show she's anti-Semitic - some of AIPAC's best friends have good reason to exaggerate its importance as well - she is playing into stereotypes that aid Republican efforts to suggest that any criticism of Bibi Netanyahu's policies exist on a slippery slope that leads to passing around copies of Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., and Nikki Haley, the former USA ambassador to the United Nations, were among those to condemn Omar's comments as anti-Semitic. "At a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise in the USA and overseas, Rep. Omar is promoting the ugly, anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Jews have an outsized influence over politics", Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO and National Director of ADL, said in a written statement. Her fellow Democratic legislators Jerry Nadler, Max Rose, Elaine Luria and Josh Gottheimer were among at least 30 members who attacked her rhetoric. Omar responded to one critic who asked the MI congresswoman who she believes is paying American politicians to support Israel.
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When challenged where she thought such money was coming from, the 36-year-old Somali-American tweeted back: "Aipac".
Leading Democrats have publicly rebuked one of their own Muslim congresswoman after she sparked accusations of anti-Semitism.
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, said Omar should be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Omar made no apologies Sunday night, but she did accept an invitation from Chelsea Clinton, one of her critics, to talk about anti-Semitism.
Fellow freshman Democratic Rep. Max Rose of NY called the comments "deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself", according to Politico. Such legislation includes financial support for Israel and measures that would ban boycotts of Israel, including the BDS movement that Omar and Tlaib support. Two other Democratic representatives wrote a letter to congressional leaders saying they are "deeply alarmed by the language", according to the Washington Post.