Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) privately reached out to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) despite the congresswoman’s getting hit from both sides of the political aisle for a series of anti-Semitic messages.
Sanders, who is Jewish, reportedly spoke with Omar as she battles through a controversy that has included references to Israel as “evil,” comparisons of Israel to Iran, repeated anti-Semitic tropes, and support of the anti-Semitic BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement.
It has even progressed to badgering a Jewish diplomat.
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The Vermont senator reached out “to offer his support amid criticism from both Democrats and Republicans,” even in spite of the fact that prominent liberals, such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Chelsea Clinton, have blasted her for blatant anti-Semitism, The Daily Beast reported.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) February 14, 2019
“I talked to Ilhan last night to give her my personal support,” Sanders was quoted as saying during a conference call hosted by James Zogby.
“We will stand by our Muslim brothers and sisters.”
Is Omar sorry? Omar had issued an apology for her latest anti-Semitic rants, but it was met with some skepticism.
“I unequivocally apologize,” she said in a statement, adding, “At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA, or the fossil fuel industry. It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it.”
So … sorry?
President Donald Trump ripped her apology, calling it “lame” and saying Omar “should be ashamed of herself.”
President Trump on anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) “Her lame apology, and that’s what it was, it was lame, and she didn’t mean a word of it, was just not appropriate. I think she should resign from Congress.” pic.twitter.com/ZLFwDOttqa
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 12, 2019
Bernie, however, seems to be content with her hollow apology.
Not a surprise. Omar’s anti-Semitism should be a surprise to absolutely nobody.
The aforementioned tweet in which she said Israel had “hypnotized the world” and called the nation “evil” was published over six years ago.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 16, 2012
She has, on multiple occasions, qualified at best, defended at worst, the actions of ISIS terrorists.
About a year ago, Jewish leaders in Minnesota approached her about her anti-Semitic rants.
“Tropes, dog whistles — call them what you will,” one state senator recalled.
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“We explained to her how hurtful, and factually inaccurate, they were.”
“Frankly, I was hopeful she’d grow in office a little, and understand the media platform she has,” he added.
“Instead, she keeps repeating her mistakes, if you can call them that.”
They happen so often, it’s difficult to define them as innocent mistakes any longer.
Is Sanders OK with his “Muslim brothers and sisters” continually making these statements, whether they’re innocent slips of the tongue or if these individuals actually mean them?
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.
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