Omar Uses Backlash Over Anti-Semitic Comments to Ask for Donations

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05) is running an advertisement on Facebook asking for donations in response to the criticism she received for making anti-Semitic comments.

“Stand with Ilhan. We will not be silenced,” the advertisement states and quotes President Donald Trump calling for Omar’s resignation.

As The Minnesota Sun reported, Trump said Omar should resign from Congress during a Tuesday cabinet meeting.

“One other thing I want to say is that anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress, and Congresswoman Omar is—terrible what she said. And I think she should either resign from Congress, or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee,” Trump said. “What she said is do deep-seated in her heart that her lame apology—that’s what it was, it was lame, and she didn’t mean a word of it.”

His comments came in response to widespread backlash Omar received after she suggested that Jewish money is influencing bipartisan support of Israel.

“The notion that wealthy Jews are controlling the government is a longstanding anti-Semitic trope and one of the pillars of modern anti-Semitism, a retread of ideas spread by bigots from David Duke to Louis Farrakhan,” the Anti-Defamation League said in a statement.

Omar did later issue an apology, but reaffirmed the “problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee], the NRA, or the fossil fuel industry.”

AIPAC also used the controversy to ask for donations, according to Haaretz.

“We are proud that members of Congress from both sides of the aisle continue to stand together to condemn illegitimate attacks on the pro-Israel community,” the group said in a fundraising email. “We are determined to continue our bipartisan efforts in support of the shared values that unite America and Israel. Please renew your commitment to this important work today.”

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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of Battleground State News and The Minnesota Sun. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to anthony.gockowski@gmail.com.
Photo “Ilhan Omar” by Ilhan Omar. Photo “Ilhan Omar Fundraiser” by Adam Rubenstein. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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