& Co. Flinch from Truly Confronting Anti-Semitism
New York Post
took hours of strong prodding by other Democrats, but Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other
House leaders finally condemned “anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial
accusations” by Rep. Ilhan Omar.
instead of taking any punitive action, like stripping the Minnesota Democrat of
her seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, Pelosi & Co. merely called on her
all about the Benjamins baby,” Omar had claimed as she accused a lobbying
group of literally buying congressional support for Israel.
she took the cue to apologize — “unequivocally,” she said.
she then pleaded ignorance of “the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes”
and doubled down on her criticism of AIPAC and what she called the
“problematic role of lobbyists in our politics.”
is, she should have gotten over her ignorance after last month’s flap, when
she had to pull back from her accusation that Israel “has hypnotized the
world” — playing off another classic anti-Jewish slur.
Pelosi tried to play it all as some kind of teachable moment, announcing that
“Omar and I agreed that we must use this moment to move forward as we reject
anti-Semitism in all forms.”
is typical: Omar and fellow freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich) continually
excuse their over-the-line language as mere criticism of Israel. And many of
their colleagues play along: Deputy Majority Whip Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), for
example, said, “We ought to tamp down a bit of the rhetoric,” but also
warned against going “too far to make judgments” about Omar’s latest
New York’s Rep. Jerry Nadler slammed Omar’s language but then condemned
“concerted Right-wing tactics aimed at . . . distracting and
dividing those committed to equality and social justice.”
failure to discipline Omar stands in marked contrast to House Republicans, who
stripped Rep. Steve King of his committee assignments for lamenting the fact
that “white supremacy” is deemed an offensive term.
need to realize that Omar & Co. are not truth-telling free-speech martyrs
— and tolerating continued instances of such hateful rhetoric only exposes
them as blatant hypocrites.