ABC News’ “The View” co-host Meghan McCain lashed out at embattled Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Twitter on Friday after the congresswoman retweeted a message mocking McCain’s father, the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
Omar (pictured above left) came under fire again last week for making more comments widely viewed as anti-Semitic.
She is one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress. She’s also the first Somali-American in Congress.
Omar tweeted in 2012 that “Israel has hypnotized the world” and urged Allah to “awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
She also faced accusations of using “anti-Semitic tropes” in February when she suggested on Twitter that money from pro-Israel lobbyists drove Republican support for — and the defense of — Israel.
Omar again fielded bipartisan backlash for perceived anti-Semitic comments she made during an event last week. She accused Jewish Americans of having an “allegiance to a foreign country.”
She doubled down and did not apologize for those remarks.
House Democrats originally were supposed to vote on a resolution rebuking Omar and condemning anti-Semitism.
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But after Omar’s progressive defenders protested those plans, Democrats scrapped the old resolution for a new one broadly condemning all hatred and bigotry. The new resolution passed overwhelmingly in the House.
President Donald Trump condemned Democrats for not going harder against Omar and combating anti-Semitism more specifically during remarks he made to reporters on Friday at the White House.
“I thought yesterday’s vote by the House was disgraceful because it has become — the Democrats have become an anti-Israel party. I thought that vote was a disgrace. If you get an honest answer from politicians, they thought it was a disgrace,” Trump argued.
McCain (above right) criticized Omar on Thursday on “The View” ahead of the vote. She grew emotional and teared up as she defended Jewish Americans and argued Democrats were not going far enough in condemning anti-Semitism and rebuking Omar.
The co-host warned that “a lot of Jewish people in this country” are being asked, “Is it more important to defend party politics or is it more important to defend anti-Semitism?”
She bluntly asked her colleagues, “If what Ilhan Omar has been saying for the past few weeks were said by a white Republican male, how would you be reacting to it right now?”
“And I take the hate crimes rising in this country incredibly seriously and I think what’s happening in Europe is really scary,” McCain said as she teared up and her voice broke.
“And I’m sorry if I’m getting emotional,” McCain continued. “And it is very dangerous, very dangerous … What Ilhan Omar is saying is very scary to me and is very scary a lot of people. And I don’t think you have to be Jewish to recognize that.”
McCain’s comments on “The View” faced scrutiny and backlash from some progressive Democrats on Twitter on Thursday.
Omar reacted by retweeting Al Jazeera’s Medhi Hasan criticism of McCain.
He wrote, “Meghan’s late father literally sang ‘bomb bomb bomb Iran’ and insisted on referring to his Vietnamese captors as ‘gooks.’ He also, lest we forget, gave the world Sarah Palin. So a little less faux outrage over a former refugee-turned-freshman-representative, pls.”
Meghan’s late father literally sang ‘bomb bomb bomb Iran’ and insisted on referring to his Vietnamese captors as ‘gooks’. He also, lest we forget, gave the world Sarah Palin.
So a little less faux outrage over a former refugee-turned-freshman-representative pls. https://t.co/zH6VZxBYc4
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) March 7, 2019
John McCain died last August 25 after battling a virulent form of brain cancer for a year.
He was a Navy pilot and spent five-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
He served in the Senate for more than 30 years and was the 2008 GOP presidential nominee against former President Barack Obama.
His daughter reacted to Omar’s retweet on Friday.
“[email protected] retweeting trash like this is beneath a sitting member of Congress, as is her blatantly anti-Semitic rhetoric. The Democratic Party looking the other way only helps Trump’s re-election efforts in 2020…” McCain wrote.
.@IlhanMN retweeting trash like this is beneath a sitting member of Congress, as is her blatantly anti-Semitic rhetoric. The Democratic Party looking the other way only helps Trump’s re-election efforts in 2020… https://t.co/WdSx4SqjIQ
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) March 8, 2019
McCain also retweeted several comments from other media members and conservatives that rebuked Omar for the retweet.
“Ilhan Omar retweeted this just hours after a resolution was passed that was supposed to be condemning her,” The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra tweeted.
Ilhan Omar retweeted this just hours after a resolution was passed that was supposed to be condemning her pic.twitter.com/ATiVayfVsV
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 8, 2019
Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro tweeted, “BREAKING: Anti-Semite continues string of garbage behavior.”
BREAKING: Anti-Semite continues string of garbage behavior https://t.co/sVIucDsTCW
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 8, 2019
Conservative podcaster Allie Beth Stuckey wrote, “[email protected] seriously cannot help herself. She’s obviously not remorseful about her anti-Semitism. She’s just mad people are talking about it.”
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) March 8, 2019
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