Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats issued a statement disavowing the words by Rep. Ilhan Omar this week. On June 7, Rep. Omar tweeted that the United States “must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.” She continued, “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. I asked Sec. Blinken where people are supposed to go for justice.”
We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.
We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) June 7, 2021
Republican Minority Leader in the House Kevin McCarthy condemned her tweet, saying, “Rep. Omar’s anti-Semitic and anti-American comments are abhorrent. Speaker Pelosi’s continued failure to address the issues in her caucus sends a message to the world that Democrats are tolerant of anti-Semitism and sympathizing with terrorists.” He said, “It’s time for the Speaker to act.”
Rep. Omar's anti-Semitic & anti-American comments are abhorrent.
Speaker Pelosi’s continued failure to address the issues in her caucus sends a message to the world that Democrats are tolerant of anti-Semitism and sympathizing with terrorists.
It’s time for the Speaker to act.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) June 10, 2021
The Democrats stayed eerily silent during the Hamas terror attacks against Israel. Instead, the squad called for more sanctions against Israel for defending their country against thousands of missile attacks. Omar was one of the loudest pro-Palestinian voices and related violent anti-Israel sentiment, such as calling it an apartheid state.
Cori Bush, a loud member of the squad, tweeted in support of her fellow Representative, saying, “Stop attacking Ilhan Omar. Stop attacking us.” She continued, “I’m not surprised when Republicans attack black women for standing up for human rights. But when it’s Democrats, it’s especially hurtful. We’re your colleagues. Talk to us directly.”
“Enough with the anti-blackness and Islamophobia,” she finished.
Stop attacking @IlhanMN. Stop attacking us.
I'm not surprised when Republicans attack Black women for standing up for human rights. But when it’s Democrats, it’s especially hurtful. We’re your colleagues. Talk to us directly.
Enough with the anti-Blackness and Islamophobia.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) June 10, 2021
Some Democrats disagree with Rep. Bush and broke ranks after Omar’s latest anti-Israel comments calling for Rep. Omar to clarify her remarks. The statement said, “Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided. Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that engage in terrorism at best discredits one’s intended argument, and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice.”
Group of House Democrats is out with a statement tonight condemning Ilhan Omar’s recent comments, saying they “give cover to terrorist groups.” pic.twitter.com/kDxSkb7OCi
— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) June 10, 2021
The Democrat lawmakers said that while the United States and Israel are “imperfect,” making “false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups. We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the U.S. and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar was forced to release a statement to “clarify” those remarks, saying, “On Monday, I asked Secretary of State Anthony Blinken about an ongoing International Criminal Court investigations.”
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) June 10, 2021
She said, “To be clear: the conversation was about accountability for specific incidents regarding those ICC cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel.”
“I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with demonic countries with well-established judicial systems,” said Rep. Omar.
Speaker Pelosi and other Democrat leaders released a statement praising Omar’s “legitimate criticism of the policies of both the United States and Israel,” saying that the words are protected free speech and therefore welcome in the House. Remember that Nancy Pelosi will allow anti-Semitism but claims that standing for free and fair elections is hate speech.
Pelosi’s statement read, “Such criticism is essential to the strength and health of our democracies.” She said when Omar draws “false equivalencies between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban [it] foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all.”
She said the Democrats “welcome the clarification by Congresswoman Omar that there is no moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban.”