Scalise: Pelosi Has To Remove Rep. Omar From Committee

Top Foreign Affairs Dem Rebukes Jew-Hater Ilhan Omar For “Vile Anti-Semitic Slur”

Muslim Congresswoman Strikes Again, Facing New Anti-Semitism Charges

Engel, the chairman of that committee, accused Omar of invoking a "vile anti-Semitic slur," but did not call for her to be removed from the committee.

"It's unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow American citizens due to their political views, including support for the U.S. -Israel relationship", Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement.

The 29-year-old NY congresswoman added on Twitter, criticizing Trump: 'Unlike this President, Rep. @IlhanMN demonstrated a capacity to acknowledge pain & apologize, use the opportunity to learn abt history of antisemitism, +grow from it while clarifying her stance'.

"It's not my position to tell people how to feel, or that their hurt is invalid", Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Tuesday morning.

In addition to accepting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's definition of anti-Semitism, which the U.S. State Department uses, the resolution briefly mentions anti-Semitic incidents throughout history, such as the Alfred Dreyfus affair in France in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. For anti-blackness? For xenophobia?

Since the freshman was sworn into Congress in January, Omar has been attacked by Republicans for comments she's made both before and after her election to Minnesota's 5th District against the Israeli government. Heading into the meeting, Hoyer said the timing of votes was "still being discussed".

Democrats over the weekend drafted a resolution with that message, according to a Democratic aide who spoke on condition of anonymity because the document had not been released. The effects of that were already evident in 2016, when Omar easily primaried the longtime state representative Phyllis Lorberblatt Kahn - also a Democrat, mind you - who had held that seat since 1973.

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The most immediate fallout from Omar's remarks stand to play out within the Democratic caucus.

More to the point, nobody in her party bothered to inform the Somali-born congresswoman that the one cardinal rule of mainstream United States politics is to never even notice, much less criticize, the Israel lobby. The others are conservative and would not normally get a hearing from a Democratic speaker. Smith later called Cárdenas to apologize for the remark. Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif., did not pursue official sanctions against Smith.

Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., responded to Omar's comments on Sunday and said it's shameful the Minnesota Democrat continues to "mischaracterize" lawmakers' support for the U.S. "Jewish groups have just sent a petition to Speaker Pelosi asking her to remove Omar from Foreign Relations Committee". He called her remarks "A dark day for Israel!"

"It seems to be more fashionable in Europe, it seems to be more fashionable in this country, regretfully, among at least some members of the new class in the House", McConnell told reporters at his weekly news conference.

Barely two months ago, Omar was celebrated as somewhat of a poster congresswoman: the first naturalized USA citizen from Africa, first Somali-American, first hijab-wearing Muslim and first minority woman to represent Minnesota in Congress. They've also used Omar's comments and views on Israel to paint the entire Democratic party as extreme. But last week, Omar said at a Washington bookstore that she worries that everything she says about Israel would be construed as anti-Semitic. The measure is part of the Democrats' pushback against Omar for suggesting last week that American supporters of Israel have conflicted allegiances.

She wrote: "I remember a time when it was 'unacceptable" to question the Iraq War.

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