Hours after House Democrats pushed through an anti-hate resolution in response to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic comments, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent out a fundraising email suggesting an end to America’s relationship with Israel.
The New York Democrat has publicly defended Omar after controversial remarks and tweets as she came under fire for anti-Semitism after accusing those who support Israel of dual loyalty. As the House voted to condemn all forms of hate speech on Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez called to sever the U.S.-Israeli relationship, according to The Hill.
“It’s official — AIPAC is coming after Alexandria, Ilhan, and Rashida,” the email sent by the freshman congresswoman’s team read, referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “Rashida, Ilhan, and Alexandria have times dated to questions out foreign policy, and the influence of money in our political system. And now, lobbying groups across the board are working to punish them.”
The email requested contributions from supporters to help “keep up the fight against lobbying and special interests of all forms in Washington.”
“Some members of Congress have even gone so far as to claim that ‘questioning support for the US-Israel relationship is unacceptable.’ But that’s not how our legislative process is supposed to work,” the email stated, apparently referring to a tweet from Democratic Rep. Juan Vargas of California who tweeted that it was “unacceptable” for Democrats to question the U.S.-Israel relationship Israel.
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
Israel has and remains a stalwart ally of the United States because of our countries’ shared interests and values. I condemn her remarks and believe she should apologize for her offensive comments. (2/2)
— Rep. Juan Vargas (@RepJuanVargas) March 4, 2019
Omar didn’t seem too sorry about the uproar she had already caused in her own party over her recent controversial remarks, getting back to Twitter just hours after the House voted on the broadened resolution condemning hatred on Thursday.
The Muslim congresswoman lashed out against criticism after she came under fire for her comments about the “dual loyalty” of congressional members on Israel, tweeting that she “should not be expected” to have “allegiance” to another country.
Liberals have come to Omar’s defense, first delaying a vote on an resolution that was prompted by the outcry over the Minnesota Democrat’s antisemitism though it failed to mention her by name. After a contentious day of internal struggle as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi fought to unite her colleagues, the resolution passed with a 407-to-23 vote.
“Just a decade ago, it was ‘unacceptable’ to not support the war in Iraq. And we all saw what resulted from that lack of discussion and negotiation,” the Ocasio-Cortez email, sent hours later, continued.
And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is now raising money by saying AIPAC is coming for her and comparing the bipartisan consensus on the US-Israel relationship to the Iraq War pic.twitter.com/4gvXuiHIhX
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) March 7, 2019
“In this administration and all others, there should be no special relationship or status,” the email said. “We should actively check anti-Semitism, anti-blackness, homophobia, racism, and all other forms of bigotry.”
“Racism and bigotry of all forms are inextricably linked. And when we let Republicans pit champions for equality and equity against each other, their own hateful rhetoric is what goes unaddressed,” the email added, asking “Help us build a progressive movement that fights for the honest conversation, inclusiveness and our universal fight with hate with a $27 contribution.”
Twitter users blasted the self-proclaimed Democratic socialist for the brazen email asking for donations.
Fundraising off of colleague’s anti-semitism…….surely that’s a first? @AOC
— (((Voight75))) (@Voight75) March 7, 2019
This is some crazy shit – AOC Fundraising Email: Let’s End The US-Israeli Relationship https://t.co/iMAj0Lvct3
— Doris Ohayon (@OhayonDoris) March 8, 2019
Fundraising on the anti-Semitism that is on display from her party. No shame at all.
— JJ (@blessinginchaos) March 8, 2019
I thought the liberals just passed a non hate bill haha. They are 2 faced
— Farmer (@Farmraider) March 8, 2019
She’s taking down the Democratic Party one day at a time.
— Andy (@stoli222) March 8, 2019
They are using anti-Semitism to stoke religious hatred and then fundraise off of it. I still can’t comprehend how ugly the 2020 election cycle is going to be.
— Taylor Kelly (@TaylorKellyDC) March 7, 2019
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