Trump takes direct Twitter shot at Ilhan Omar as bi-partisan pressure to boot her from key committee builds

At a time when Democrats and Republicans can agree on almost nothing, enter Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

Omar, a Somali refugee and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, has elicited a chorus of condemnations for repeated anti-Semitic tropes.

Even President Donald Trump has gotten on the bandwagon after her latest remarks, tweeting that it was “a dark day for Israel.”

The president also noted that Jewish groups are calling for Rep. Omar to be removed from the Foreign Relations Committee.

“Representative Ilhan Omar is again under fire for her terrible comments concerning Israel. Jewish groups have just sent a petition to Speaker Pelosi asking her to remove Omar from Foreign Relations Committee. A dark day for Israel!” he tweeted.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1102789320707108864

House Democratic leaders are expected to bring to the floor Wednesday a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, following outrage over Omar’s most recent remark that suggested pro-Israel groups in the U.S. are pushing “allegiance to a foreign country.”

This coming after Omar’s so-called apology last month for suggesting lawmakers in the U.S. support Israel because of money from a pro-Israel lobbying group.

Omar’s latest comment was condemned by Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., who said she should apologize for using “a vile anti-Semitic slur.”

Longtime New York Democrat State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a pro-Israel advocate, also called on Omar to be removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee.

“After three antisemitic strikes, [Omar] has to be OUT!” he said in a tweet Tuesday. “Anything less than her removal by Democratic leadership from the Foreign Affairs cmte is unacceptable bc we know her apologies are disingenuous. Say it with me: Ilhan Omar’s got to go.”

The tweet included a video statement from the powerful Democrat.

“It’s not enough to condemn her week after week only to elicit false apologies when we know Omar believes every word of her statements,” Hikind said. “I’m calling on Eliot Engel and House Leader Nancy Pelosi to remove Omar from the Foreign Affairs committee, because she’s had not one, or two, but at least three strikes that have shown her to be unbecoming of her committee appointment and untrustworthy with its dealings.”

In a follow-up tweet, he detailed the “three strikes” he spoke of:

Omar fired back at her critics this week, to include members of her own party, saying she “should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee.”

Clearly, she has no intentions of backing down from her anti-Israel stance. Perhaps, that should have been apparent from the beginning.

Women’s March co-chair Linda Sarsour came to Omar’s defense on Monday, ripping into Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the expected resolution, denouncing her as a “typical white feminist upholding the patriarchy doing the dirty work of powerful white men.”

Sarsour and the Women’s March have their own issues here, in part because of ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a raging anti-Semite.

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