CNN’s Jake Tapper took President Donald Trump to task for his past anti-Semitic statements after he condemned Minnesota Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who posted tweets over the weekend criticizing the number of political donations from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
Omar’s tweets proved controversial as many felt that accusing the PAC of using money to control Washington fed into the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that a network of Jewish people uses their money to sway world affairs in their favor.
Omar soon apologized, which is more than Trump has done, Tapper pointed out. He used a series of different video clips to support his statements.
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) February 13, 2019
Tapper presented the following above chyrons that read: “Double standard? Trump’s hypocrisy on anti-semitism as he calls for Rep Omar to resign”:
- A clip of Trump accusing a Jewish group of wanting to “control” Washington: “I’m sorry that was the wrong clip, that was then-candidate Trump in front of Republican Jewish Coalition suggesting that haggling Jews like to control their politicians with their money,” Tapper said. “We wanted the clip of Congresswoman Omar. Control room, I want the Omar clip.”)
- A clip of a deleted retweet from the president of a Star of David next to a picture of Hillary Clinton and flanked by stacks of cash:
“Wait no, that’s not it either,” Tapper said. “Control room, I’m not looking for stuff about Trump, I’m looking for the Congresswoman Omar clip. Do you have it? Okay, I’m being told we have it. Thank you. Run it please.”
- The clip of Trump declaring that there were “very fine people” at the “Unite the Right” rally attended by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
- A since-deleted tweet from from House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy accusing wealthy Jews, including George Soros, of wielding undue influence on the 2018 midterm election cycle.
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy posted this tweet AFTER a bomb was sent to Soros' house. Up until a couple of minutes ago it was pinned to the top of his profile. pic.twitter.com/FEeKoPolHL
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) October 24, 2018
“We seem to have some issues here sorting out which anti-Semitic tropes are offensive and which are not,” Tapper joked.
Many concurred with Tapper’s assessment and responded well to his humor.
Awesome. The 60% of Americans who don't live in Trump's altered universe see right through this hypocrisy.
— Kellye Stuart (@KellyeStu) February 14, 2019
— Poonam Kumpatla (@PoonamKumpatla) February 13, 2019
I'm starting a GoFundMe page to support the "rogue" control room.
— Eclecticity (@twistopherrobin) February 13, 2019
THERE HE IS! There's Jake Tapper, the journalists! More of THIS and less of panelists like Rick Santorum, please. 🙏🏽
— Chet Powell (@ChetPowell) February 13, 2019