The more Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tries to make nice with the radical, hard-left wing of the party, the more she opens herself up as a target to these same forces.
Look no further than Women’s March co-chair Linda Sarsour, who called Pelosi a “typical white feminist upholding the patriarchy doing the dirty work of powerful white men,” in response to the lasted controversy involving her friend Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.
Democrat Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) embrace anti-Semite and alleged Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer Linda Sarsour on their first day in Congress. pic.twitter.com/zt31vyvMlZ
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 5, 2019
There are few things that Democrats and Republicans can agree on, but one thing the parties are finding common ground on is that Omar, a Somali refugee who was one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, just may be an anti-Semite.
House Democratic leaders are expected to bring to the floor Wednesday a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, following outrage over the latest comments from Omar that suggested pro-Israel groups in the U.S. are pushing “allegiance to a foreign country.”
The remark was condemned by Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., who said Omar should apologize for using “a vile anti-Semitic slur,” according to the Washington Examiner.
Fellow Democratic Rep. Nita Lowrey also slammed Omar online for the comment.
Lawmakers must be able to debate w/o prejudice or bigotry. I am saddened that Rep. Omar continues to mischaracterize support for Israel. I urge her to retract this statement and engage in further dialogue with the Jewish community on why these comments are so hurtful.
— Archive: Nita Lowey (@NitaLowey) March 2, 2019
As did Rep. Juan Vargas, a Democrat from California.
It is disturbing that Rep. Omar continues to perpetuate hurtful anti-Semitic stereotypes that misrepresent our Jewish community. Additionally, questioning support for the U.S.-Israel relationship is unacceptable. (1/2)
— Rep. Juan Vargas (@RepJuanVargas) March 4, 2019
And this all comes after Omar apologized last month for suggesting lawmakers in the U.S. support Israel because of money from a pro-Israel lobbying group.
The resolution is not expected to name Omar specifically, but Sarsour, a Palestinian American Muslim, took to Facebook to let loose on Pelosi.
Ignoring that the criticism of Omar included women in her own party, Sarsour tried to make it about sexism.
“This is why we wanted Congresswoman Barbara Lee to be the Speaker of the House and ‘progressives’ were like nah, Pelosi is a leader and omg you should see how she claps. What a clap!” Sarsour wrote.
“Nancy is a typical white feminist upholding the patriarchy doing the dirty work of powerful white men. God forbid the men are upset – no worries, Nancy to the rescue to stroke their egos.”
She complained Democrats never condemned members who have “spewed blatant anti-Muslim racism, islamophobia, propaganda against Muslims.”
“Democrats are playing in to the hands of the right. Dividing our base and reinforcing their narrative and giving them an easier path towards 2020,” she added. “I reject this. I will speak out. I won’t be silent. I am not following this. They don’t speak for me as a Democrat. No more double standards.”
Not that the Women’s March doesn’t have it’s own issues here, in part because of ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a raging anti-Semite.
— nate mezmer (@natemezmer) March 5, 2019
Reap what you sow, Speaker Pelosi.
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