Trump’s jokes from 2015 become latest bogus ‘gotcha’ after he calls for Ilhan Omar to resign

No sooner had President Trump called on Rep. Ilhan Omar to resign over anti-Semitic remarks than the left scrambled to play gotcha with words from his own past.

A 2015 video of the president telling a Jewish group “I’m a negotiator like you folks” resurfaced and was gleefully circulated by the left in hopes of proving Trump’s hypocrisy and even bigotry after he said he thought Omar should step down.

The president called out the Minnesota Democrat who came under fire by leaders of her own party, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, after commenting that U.S. politics are under the influence of a pro-Israel lobby. Omar did issue an apology of sorts on Monday, but shortly after retweeted a thread from a Democratic activist who supported her earlier claims that sparked the controversy.

On Tuesday, Trump called for the freshman congresswoman to resign or that she at least be removed from serving on congressional committees.

“Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress,” he said during a Cabinet meeting at the White House. “And I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”

“Her lame apology, and that’s what it was, it was lame, and she didn’t mean a word of it, was just not appropriate. I think she should resign from Congress, frankly,” he reiterated. “But at a minimum, she shouldn’t be on committees, certainly that committee.”

Cue the outrage.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo joined the liberal cacophony accusing Trump of a double standard and hypocrisy, noting his own comments from a Republican Jewish Coalition event in 2015.

“I am going to negotiate like you folks, we’re negotiators. Do you want to renegotiate deals? Some of us renegotiate deals,” then-presidential candidate Trump told the group at the time.

“Is there anybody that doesn’t renegotiate deals in this room? This room, perhaps more than any room I have ever spoken. Maybe more,” he added as the audience laughed.

“You’re not going to support me even though you know I am the best thing that could ever happen to Israel. I’ll be that,” he said. “I know why you’re not going to support me. You’’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money. You don’t want to give me money, but that’s okay. You want to control your own politician, that’s fine.”

Liberals piled on Trump for calling out Omar while he allegedly was guilty of making anti-Semitic remarks himself at the 2015 event, conflating the issue to be because Omar is a Muslim.

But Many others denounced the criticisms, noting the true intent of Trump’s remarks and that the video clip did not fully portray what was said – or that the crowd found the humor he intended in his comments.

Frieda Powers

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