Getting an endorsement from former KKK grand wizard David Duke is an uncomfortable thing for most people. And now it’s happened to Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).
Omar has created quite a ruckus in Congress with past and recent anti-Israel statements she’s made, such as “Israel has hypnotized the world. May Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
More recently she said that U.S. support of Israel comes from Jews using money to wield political influence over America. It’s an anti-Semitic claim that’s been used for centuries in various forms, according to the New York Times.
But now Omar has caught the attention of Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader who is still a white supremacist and anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist. He’s made similar claims in the past as Omar’s, and few people like being associated with him.
“Dr Duke & Eric Striker: By Defiance to Z.O.G. Ilhan Omar is NOW the most important Member of the US Congress!” he tweeted on Thursday, along with a heart-eyes emoji placed on top of a photo of the Muslim congresswoman.
Striker is Duke’s associate, and Z.O.G. refers to the so-called Zionist Occupation Government, which is part of a conspiracy theory that “Jewish agents” control the governments of the Western world.
A summary of his recent podcast says Duke and Striker “heaped praise on Ilhan Omar (D-New Somalia) for being the one person in Congress willing to notice AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] and the ‘dual’ loyalty of many (((members of Congresss))) [sic].”
One of Duke’s Twitter followers pointed out that the white supremacist must have really, really liked what Omar said against Jews because he was even willing to look past her skin color in order to praise her.
This is all putting Democrats in a difficult position as some have publicly denounced what Omar has said while still trying to defend her, such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who remarked on Thursday that perhaps Omar didn’t understand the “weight of her words,” according to the Times of Israel.
Upon Duke’s praise of Omar, it took Twitter commenters no time to point out the awkwardness of the situation.
The big question now is if Omar will denounce Duke’s endorsement.
President Trump got an endorsement from Duke during his presidential campaign, but denounced him then and has denounced him in the past, according to an interview he did with NPR. Democratic candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) was also endorsed by Duke last month, and she has denounced him this time as well as multiple times in the past when he’s publicly supported her, according to The Hill.
Meanwhile, Democratic leaders continue to associate themselves with the black supremacist, anti-Semitic Louis Farrakhan.
By the way, Farrakhan also came to Omar’s defense on Thursday. The Nation of Islam, which he leads, tweeted support for Omar and shared a story that referred to the Jewish people as pigs.
Last month, Farrakhan, who likes to refer to Jews as "wicked," told Omar she had nothing to apologize for when it came to her anti-Israel comments, the Jerusalem Post report.
“Sweetheart, don’t do that,” he said to her in a speech. “Pardon me for calling you sweetheart, but you do have a sweet heart. You sure are using it to shake the government up, but you have nothing to apologize for.”
Later in the speech, the Jerusalem Post said Farrakhan "launched a verbal attack on the Jews, blaming them for anti-black racism, slavery, colonialism, and dehumanization, as well as numerous problems that have befallen the world and modern society."