Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) claimed in a tweet that Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is a member of the “anti-Semitic Left,” suggesting that Democrats’ inability to pass an antisemitism resolution in the House bear responsibility for the outrage that followed the publication of a political cartoon in the New York Times depicting Benjamin Netanyahu as a guide dog for President Donald Trump, who is illustrated wearing a skullcap.
“Responsible Dems need to say Enough is Enough,” he wrote.
The anti-Semitic Left—whether @IlhanMN repeated anti-Israel slurs or @nytimes apologizing for Hamas terrorists (eg, on 3/14/18) & running racist cartoons—is getting worse. And the House can’t even pass an anti-Semitism resolution. Responsible Dems need to say Enough is Enough. https://t.co/ca99Mcq9Ij
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 28, 2019
Omar responded soon afterward, pointing out that Cruz had not said a word after a white nationalist “terrorized a synagogue during Passover,” a reference to the gunman who opened fire on worshippers at Chabad of Poway in San Diego over the weekend.
A white nationalist literally terrorized a synagogue during Passover yesterday and you have yet to say anything.
Shame on you. https://t.co/X6EoQBsnfG
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 28, 2019
Cruz was criticized in short order.
So he is not only exploiting this tragedy for personal gain but he is also trying to use it as a weapon against other people. That's more than cynical. It's evil.
— Void Shouter (@rowyourbot) April 29, 2019
He would do well to watch the response in New Zealand. Which was about supporting, protecting and coming together as a community. His response is as bad as the egged Australian Senator who tried to push the blame away from the terrorist and spread hate and division. Vile
— janet smith (@janetlizsmith) April 28, 2019
Why haven’t you talked about the #RightWing #WhiteNationalist #Terrorist that shot up a #synagogue? Why do you just use the #Jewish people as a political prop when it’s convenient to be #Islamophobic/#Sexist to @IlhanMN? Cuz you’re a #racist piece of shit charlatan – that’s why
— Grnch (@IDKSomeNerd) April 29, 2019
Still waiting on your words of condemnation for the shooter who attacked the Poway Synagogue. Your picking and choosing of how much you care about Jewish people and the issues they face is appalling and hypocritical. Just stop.
— Naionaise🐧 (@NaeNaeFacade) April 29, 2019
you don't care about protecting American Jewish people and no one believes that you do
your party is built on the ideas that killed people in san diego
people are still grieving and you're using that as a political tool to advance the ideas that are killing us over and over
— Joel Walker (@joelwalker44) April 28, 2019
Accusations of antisemitism have dogged Omar since she came under fire after criticizing the amount of political donations from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
While the PAC is certainly influential, many felt that accusing it of using money to control Washington fed into the antisemitic conspiracy theory that a network of Jewish people use their money to sway the world in their favor. Omar soon heartily apologized.
Listening and learning, but standing strong 💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/7TSroSf8h1
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019
The apology has done little to quell criticism from conservatives, particularly President Trump, who earlier this month shared a video that claims to show her being dismissive of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.
Omar says she’s faced increased death threats as a result of the president’s behavior, saying:
“Violent rhetoric and hate speech have no place in our society, much less from our country’s Commander in Chief.
We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. This has to stop.”
We are all Americans. This is endangering lives. It has to stop. pic.twitter.com/gwB2kDUIRp
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) April 15, 2019
Cruz, who, unlike Omar, was not among the politicians who issued immediate responses to the news of the Poway shooting, could not be reached for comment.