Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05) and President Donald Trump are feuding on Twitter again, this time after the Minnesota congresswoman called White House policy adviser Stephen Miller a “white nationalist.”
“Stephen Miller is a white nationalist. The fact that he still has influence on policy and political appointments is an outrage,” Omar wrote on Twitter Monday night.
Stephen Miller is a white nationalist. The fact that he still has influence on policy and political appointments is an outrage. https://t.co/7NyMDgojd7
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 8, 2019
The comments sparked criticism from Omar’s GOP opponents, who claimed that she was once again targeting Jewish politicians.
Trump himself tweeted a video of Jeff Ballabon, a Jewish political strategist and CEO of B2 Strategic, discussing the comments on Fox Business.
“What’s completely unacceptable is for Ilhan Omar to yet again target Jews. In this case, it’s not just Stephen Miller, but she’s doing this by declaring a Jew, someone who’s known to be Jewish, a white nationalist. She’s saying, ‘Oh, Jews. You’re not minorities.’ In other words, this is a way of taking away our right to speak out in their culture, in this leftist culture that says only certain kinds of people have agency,” Ballabon said in the interview.
“She (Congresswoman Omar) keeps on assaulting Jews…”
Jeff Ballabon, B2 Strategic, CEO pic.twitter.com/WMKN9RQm2n
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 9, 2019
He went on to call Omar the “most dangerous anti-Semite we’ve ever seen,” saying she’s “more dangerous than David Duke and Louis Farrakhan combined” because of her influence in Congress.
“In the words of my six-year-old daughter, ‘Knock it off. You’re the president,’” Omar tweeted in response.
In the words of my 6 year-old daughter, “Knock it off. You’re the president.” https://t.co/E0x6TA6m5F
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 9, 2019
Omar’s comments came amid reports of Miller’s growing influence in the White House, and his alleged role in ousting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
Donald Trump Jr. later weighed in on the matter, calling Omar the “head of the Farrakhan Fan Club.”
“I see that the head of the Farrakhan Fan Club, Ilhan Omar, took a short break from spewing her usual anti-Semitic bigotry today to accuse a Jewish man of being a ‘white nationalist’ because she apparently has no shame,” he said in a tweet.
I see that the head of the Farrakhan Fan Club, @IlhanMN, took a short break from spewing her usual anti-semitic bigotry today to accuse a Jewish man of being a “white nationalist” because she apparently has no shame. https://t.co/y96IG8E7Y6
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 8, 2019
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY-01) called Omar’s attacks on Jewish people unprecedented.
“During my time in Congress before Ilhan Omar got here, I didn’t once witness another member target Jewish people like this with the name calling and other personal attacks,” he said. “In 2019 though, for Ilhan Omar, this is just called Monday.”
During my time in Congress before @IlhanOmar got here, I didn't once witness another Member target Jewish people like this with the name calling & other personal attacks. In 2019 though, for @IlhanOmar, this is just called Monday. https://t.co/sgvsEvsj56
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) April 9, 2019
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Photo “Ilhan Omar” by Ilhan Omar. Photo “Donald Trump” by Marc Nozell. CC BY 2.0.