Democratic Party Finds Themselves in Unfamiliar Territory

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Minnesota Representative IIhan Omar is under fire once again for recent comments that have been viewed as anti-Semitic, according to the NY Post. In response to New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s comments, the Somali-born Muslim implied that U.S. politicians should not be forced to “pledge their allegiance” to Israel.

“Our democracy is built on debate, Congresswoman! I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee. The people of the 5th elected me to serve their interest. I am sure we agree on that!” Omar tweeted in direct response to Lowey’s tweet. Lowey has continuously attacked Omar over previous comments on Israel.

“Lawmakers must be able to debate w/o prejudice or bigotry,” Lowey wrote. “I am saddened that Rep. Omar continues to mischaracterize support for Israel. I urge her to retract this statement and engage in further dialogue with the Jewish community on why these comments are so hurtful.”

Omar, 37, is the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district and is the first Somali-American to serve in Congress and, along with fellow newcomer Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, the first Muslim woman member. She also happens to be the first member of the U.S. congress to wear hijab after Congress altered their rule regarding a 181-year ban on headwear in the Chamber.

Omar sparked outrage when she once stated, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”

And just last month, she implied that pro-Israel lobbyists were paying off American politicians, tweeting that the nature of the relationship between Israel and U.S. is “all about the Benjamins.”

The Republicans, of course, didn’t hold back any criticism. There were also some Democrats who denounced the freshmen politician after her remarks about the association between the United States and Israel.

Yet, when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addressed Omar’s most recent remarks, it was more about anti-Semitism and less so about Omar, which can be argued is indirectly endorsing Omar. This is surprising since the left is known for attacking hatred, or perceived hatred such as this.

The comments may not come off as your typical offensive anti-Semitic comments or actions associated with neo-Nazis, but it is still wrong and inconsiderate. Only Omar knows whether her comments were fueled by hatred or whether it was just misworded opinions with no ill-intent.

Nonetheless, it’s not a good look for the unapologetic politician, and it will be interesting how the Democratic Party acts moving forward.

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