Chaos is raging among House Democrats over Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) anti-Semitic remarks. And now another young congresswoman has just thrown gasoline on the fire.
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.
Her comments caught some very uncomfortable attention when they were praised by both white supremacist David Duke and black supremacist Louis Farrakhan, both of whom have come across as more anti-Semitic than anything else lately. The two have long claimed that Jews are secretly controlling the governments of the Western world.
Democrats have been in a complete kerfuffle, with some condemning what Omar said and others trying to condemn her opponents. And then there’s House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who tried to denounce and defend Omar at the same time by saying on Thursday that perhaps Omar didn’t understand the “weight of her words,” according to the Times of Israel.
Later in the day on Thursday, the House of Representatives voted to condemn anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim remarks, and all forms of bigotry, according to the New York Times, but stopped short of calling out Omar specifically.
Meanwhile, right around the time the House was voting on the resolution, a political reporter discovered that a fundraising email had just been released from Ocasio-Cortez’ camp, appearing to double down on Omar’s anti-Semitic remarks, according to The Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.
“It’s official — AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] is coming after Alexandria, Ilhan, and Rashida [Talib (D-Mich.)],” the document with Ocasio-Cortez’ letterhead at the top began.
“Rashida, Ilhan, and Alexandria have at times dared to question our foreign policy, and the influence of money in our political system. And now, lobbying groups across the board are working to punish them for it,” the statement continued.
“Some members of Congress have even gone so far as to claim that ‘questioning support for the U.S.-Israel relationship is unacceptable.’ But that’s not how our legislative process is supposed to work,” it said.
The statement also made a classic Ocasio-Cortez-type comparison, saying, “Just a decade ago it was ‘unquestionable’ to not support the war in Iraq. And we all saw what resulted from that lack of discussion and negotiation.”
It was signed: “Team AOC.”
One Twitter user remarked that the AOC statement “reads like an e-mail sent by David Duke.” Others commenters chimed in as well.