House GOP demands Dems denounce Rep. Omar’s ‘anti-Semitic’ rhetoric, want her off Foreign Affairs Committee

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Rep. Ilhan Omar offered up a stunning defense of her past anti-Israel comments.

The Minnesota Democrat and the first Somali-American elected to Congress was confronted by CNN about her 2012 tweet stating how “Israel has hypnotized the world” on CNN Thursday.

“I do want to ask you also about your comments on Israel,” CNN’s Poppy Harlow said, referring to the tweet at the time of Israel’s 2012 airstrike offensive in Gaza.

“You’ve commented a lot since then trying to explain what you meant by that and I wonder just what your message is this morning as the first on our game changer series to Jewish-Americans who find that deeply offensive,” Harlow asked the freshman lawmaker.

“Oh, that’s really a regrettable way of expressing that. I — I don’t know how my comments would be offensive to Jewish-Americans. My comments precisely are addressing what was happening during the Gaza war,” Omar responded.

“And I am clearly speaking about the way that the Israeli regime was conducting itself in — in that war,” she added.

The Muslim congresswoman, who was appointed to the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee this week, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday that it was the only way she could express herself at that time.

“I remember when that was happening, watching TV and really feeling as if no other life was being impacted in this war, and those unfortunate words were the only words I could think about expressing at that point,” Omar said.

These comments seem telling considering Omar has condemned Rep. Steve King for allegedly making remarks about white supremacy.

The nine-term Iowa Republican has maintained that his comments were taken out of context even as GOP leadership removed him from his positions on the House Judiciary, Agriculture and Small Business committees.

Remarkably, Omar had been appointed a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Jewish N.Y. GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin found the appointment disturbing:

House Republicans came out swinging shortly after Omar’s interview Thursday morning and called on Democrats to denounce Omar’s rhetoric.

As BPR reported, Omar felt free to mock Vice President Pence’s Christian faith shortly after being elected:

And after being sworn in earlier this month, Omar was photographed with anti-Semite Linda Sarsour.

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