According to CNN political commentator S.E. Cupp, both her peers in the media and politicians in Congress need to stop attributing Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s ignorant remarks about Israel to mere naivety and start attributing them to what’s really to blame: Omar’s blatant antisemitism.
“It’s been a whole 15 days since congresswoman Ilhan Omar last got a finger wag from her Democrat colleagues over her antisemitism. It was a good run, but she’s back at it,” Cupp said sarcastically Saturday evening on “S.E. Cupp Unfiltered.”
Speaking at an event in Washington, D.C., last Wednesday alongside fellow Muslim congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, Omar had made remarks that again reeked of antisemitism.
“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” she said. “I want to ask, ‘Why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the NRA, or fossil fuel industries or Big Pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobbying group that is influencing policy?'”
It’s believed that Omar was referencing a well-known trope about Jewish people.
“The implication here, of course, was that pro-Israel groups are pushing allegiance to a foreign country, feeding into ugly stereotypes about the influence of Jews in this country,” Cupp explained Saturday, adding that Omar’s spokesperson has denied this charge.
Unfortunately for the Muslim congresswoman, fewer people believe her anymore. Among the disbelieving is House Foreign Affairs Committee chair Eliot Engel, a Democrat.
“It’s unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow American citizens because of their political views, including support for the U.S.-Israel,” he reportedly said in a statement Friday. “We all take the same oath. Worse, Representative Omar’s comments leveled that charge by invoking a vile anti-Semitic slur.”
Yet the Democrat legislator appears unwilling to share this statement on Twitter. Instead, he used his social media account to lambaste the West Virginia Republican Party for having reportedly put up a poster at the West Virginia statehouse that depicted an image of the World Trade Center in New York City in flames on 9/11 above a picture of Omar.
— (((Mike Pushkin))) (@pushkinforhouse) March 1, 2019
Absolutely horrible to see this blatant Islamophobic smear. Bigotry and dog-whistles of all kind are unacceptable. Whether its anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, or any kind of hatred, we must call it out when we see it. https://t.co/WLIq9tfa7N
— Eliot Engel (@RepEliotEngel) March 2, 2019
Concluding her monologue Saturday evening on CNN, Cupp said that while Omar has successfully hoodwinked some — particularly those on the far-left — the Muslim congresswoman hasn’t and won’t fool her.
“Fool me once, fool me twice — we’re way beyond all that with Omar,” she said. “Are we all just going to keep blaming naivete for her anti-semitic remarks? Because I am beginning to believe she just believes this stuff.”
What would it mean if Omar really “believes this stuff?” It’d mean she’s an actual antisemite, versus just a congressional newbie who needs to be taught some basic decency and manners.
And if she’s an actual antisemite, then she deserves to be treated as harshly as congresswoman Steve King, who’s been ostracized over spurious allegations that he’s a white supremacist.
Except whereas the evidence regarding King is suspect, the evidence concerning Omar is clear. Yet she keeps being treated with kid gloves by the media and some of her congressional peers.
In fact, most of her peers and most of the media have completely ignored her latest bout of antisemitism, instead focusing their attention on the 9/11 poster mentioned earlier:
We must stand united to condemn religious bigotry. The anti-Muslim bigotry and hate expressed towards Rep. Ilhan Omar comparing her to 9/11 terrorists is reprehensible. https://t.co/qTHIo73o35
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) March 3, 2019
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) March 3, 2019
Yet another display of racism by the GOP. I urge my colleagues to speak up & condemn this. @IlhanMN is being targeted just because of who she is. If folks stay quiet it will only continue.What does the silence say about us? We need political courage right now to help combat this. https://t.co/P48tamj88O
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) March 2, 2019
.@IlhanMN is a Member of Congress elected by the people of Minnesota. GOP leadership should immediately apologize for the outrageous racist attack on her that equates her with 9/11 terrorists. That is shameful. The picture below is the one Americans should know. pic.twitter.com/W6eSzMngVG
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) March 3, 2019
— Amy Siskind ?️? (@Amy_Siskind) March 3, 2019
This is Islamophobia through and through, @wvgop. One may disagree with @Ilhan‘s views or denounce her statements —as I have in recent weeks—as part of civil discourse, but this display of hate is totally reprehensible. https://t.co/5xQ5be45jp
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) March 3, 2019
I am an American, Jewish, US Army Veteran, and I down right condemn the bigotry towards @IlhanMN. This hatred towards POC needs to stop.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) March 3, 2019
It’s as if one form of bigotry — that espoused by Omar — is OK, but other forms of bigotry are not. There’s a word for such uneven standards: Hypocrisy.
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