Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) may have apologized for some of her 9/11 and anti-Semitic comments, but that hasn’t convinced everyone that she isn’t anti-Semitic at heart or assured them that she doesn’t think that the 9/11 attacks weren’t a big deal.
During an appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” Meghan McCain defended people who are still wary about Omar.
Host Meyers was warning “The View” co-host that talking negatively about Omar was dangerous for her, even though politicians getting death threats for speaking their minds is, sadly, a common reality. It’s certainly not unique to Omar, even if liberals like Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rep Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) have been pretending it is.
In response to McCain bringing up Omar’s controversial, Meyers said, "I do think it's fairly dangerous and you brought it up after Congresswoman Omar had some death threats against her,” according to Fox News.
"Do you think, you know, she has obviously now stated that she needs to be more careful with her language, don't you think other people who talk about her need to be more thoughtful as well?” he asked. “Or do you stand by those comments of tying her to this, her rhetoric to this synagogue shooting?"
McCain objected, saying, "I don't think I tied her to it in particular. I'm calling out what I see as anti-Semitic language and when you're talking about—"
But Meyers cut in, saying, "But even after, you called her out even after she apologized for it. I do want to establish the timeline."
McCain shot back, though, explaining, "I think that Democrats are hedging on this and I think it's very dangerous. And I think Chuck Schumer and I are in alignment about Israel's stance in geopolitical politics. I think it is of the utmost importance…”
“...and I think she is bringing her party to extremism on this.”
“And I think we have to look to Europe and what's happening over there and in British politics,” she continued. “Anti-Semitism is very common. And I see it happening over there, and I worry about it happening over here. I stand by everything that I've said, and if that makes me unpopular in this room or in front of you, so be it."
In other words, McCain is warning against passing off anti-Semitic comments as a mere trifle considering what’s happening in the world right now.
When Meyers started muttering about finding “common ground,” McCain asked him, “Were you bothered by her language on 9/11?"
I thought it was taken out of context," he began to say. "And I think if you watched that whole speech—"
But McCain wasn’t going to put up with that, firing back, "Would you give President Trump the same leverage if he had said the same thing? I just think you have to give people the same credence."
Meyers then asked, “Is there a way for people to talk about differences in Israeli policy without it getting framed as anti-Semitic language?”
“Ya, I think you just can’t talk about ‘Jews hypnotizing the world,’ talking ‘all about the Benjamins,” McCain replied, closely quoting anti-Semitic tweets by Omar.
Meyers didn’t like that one bit and shot back, "You do keep bringing up the two tweets she apologized for, and I think it's a little unfair to her, especially because—"
"Are you her publicist? Are you her press person?" McCain asked pointedly.
Watch that exchange below, starting at the six-minute, 40-second mark: