Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) came under fire for tweets many considered antisemitic when 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
However, it wasn’t enough for President Donald Trump, who called on her to resign and dismissed her apology as lame.
“Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress. And I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”
— TIME (@TIME) February 12, 2019
Omar soon fired back, and she didn’t mince words.
“You have trafficked in hate your whole life––against Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more. I learned from people impacted by my words. When will you?”
You have trafficked in hate your whole life—against Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more. I learned from people impacted by my words. When will you? https://t.co/EqqTyjkiNE
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 13, 2019
Many agreed and came to the Congresswoman’s defense.
Good for you. Trump is the last person who should be calling out anyone about hatred of any group.
— debdlund (@DebdLun) February 13, 2019
Donald, you should resign. I think Ilhan speaks for many people who have gone without representation for too long. She is correct when she says money buys votes in our political system. That should end.
— Kathleen (@KLM450) February 13, 2019
I still can't see why you felt the need to apologize. Criticising the Israeli government is not in any way, shape or form an act of anti-semitism. You stated the obvious. Funny how they are fine with all the injustices dealt to the Palestinians.
— Paulo Alves (@pablitoalves75) February 13, 2019
This man was silent when Steve King said what is wrong w/ being a white nationalist & supremacist. His demands, lectures, opinions on criticism of a lobbying agency & their influence on US policy, on bigotry, or on ANYTHING are morally bankrupt & void. We stand w/@IlhanMN
— Luqman Nation (@luqmannation1) February 13, 2019
I forgive you and applaud how quickly you are acting for betterment and unification. That was easy.
— Brian Neises (@brian_neises) February 13, 2019
The controversy surrounding Omar’s comments began after she implied that money spent by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a lobbyist group, was responsible for many pro-Israel positions among politicians in Congress.
After legislators on both sides of the aisle condemned her remark, Omar issued an apology.