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She doesn’t look sorry! Omar gives attitude, says she’s ‘absolutely not worried’ about being punished over anti-Semitic tweets

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Rep. Ilhan Omar is “absolutely not” worried about losing committee assignments after coming under fire for anti-Semitic tweets.

The Minnesota Democrat gave an icy response in her first on-air comments about the controversial tweets, responding to a reporter’s question about whether she regretted her remarks.

“You apologized today but what have you learned from your comments and the reaction tonight?” the freshman lawmaker was asked on Monday.

“I’ve stated all of that in my statement,” she responded dismissively, chewing gum, as she turned and walked away.

Asked by another reporter if she regretted her comments, Omar replied with a condescending tone, “I’m pretty sure that was stated in my statement,” as she stepped into an elevator.

When a follow-up question asked if she was “surprised by the criticism.” Omar said, “Always surprised.” She shot back, “Absolutely not” when asked if she was concerned about losing committee assignments.

The far-left congresswoman came under fire by leaders of her own party, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, after commenting about a pro-Israel lobby’s influence on U.S. politics. Omar tweeted Sunday that AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, was paying members of Congress to support Israel.

Pelosi called for an apology from Omar, saying that “her use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive,” Fox News reported.

Omar did issue an apology of sorts on Monday, tweeting that “Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.”

But she added that, “At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry.”

But later Monday, she retweeted a thread from Democratic activist Ady Barkan who supported her earlier claims that sparked the controversy.

“AIPAC is a central pillar of the occupation,” another tweet read. “Without Congressional support, the Likud/anti-Palestine/pro-occupation project would be radically undermined. AIPAC is the anchor of that support, and its money and Sheldon Adelson’s money are indispensable to the work.”

Barkan also criticized Pelosi for calling out Omar, which prompted a response from the Minnesota lawmaker.

Activist Linda Sarsour came to Omar’s defense Monday as well, condemning AIPAC  as “one of the most influential lobbies in American politics – alongside the NRA,” in a Facebook post.

“AIPAC connects donors to campaigns and elected officials,” the Women’s March co-chair wrote. “Trying to argue that critiquing the role of AIPAC which let’s be clear is not a Jewish organization, many of its leaders and members are Christian Zionists — is anti-Semitic is ludicrous.”

Omar, who supports the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement, once claimed Israel “hypnotized the world.”

Frieda Powers


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