The timing of Newsweek featuring Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on its cover could not have been planned better — by her critics.
The decidedly left-wing magazine came under fire by conservatives for a feature article on Omar, a Somali refugee and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress in November.
The piece puts a favorable spin on the freshman Democrat’s dogged pursuit of Israel and advocacy groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). The controversial effort has included anti-Semitic remarks and tropes.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) April 9, 2019
The underlying issue radical left Democrats are reluctant to talk about, not wanting to alienate support among Jewish Americans, is their support for Palestinians over the state of Israel.
And Newsweek is doing its part to mainstream that viewpoint, as seen Tuesday.
“Changing the conversation” pic.twitter.com/21lOuhzdwu
— Noah Lombardo (@ndlombardo) April 9, 2019
As for the timing, on Monday, Omar attacked White House adviser Stephen Miller, who is Jewish, calling him a “white nationalist.”
Miller was linked to the abrupt resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, reportedly directing a massive department overhaul as a full-fledged crisis on the southern border threatens to spin out of control.
If that wasn’t enough controversy to start the week, a video emerged showing Omar downplaying the 9/11 terrorist attack at the hands of Islamic extremists that claimed nearly 3,000 lives.
Speaking at a Council on American-Islamic Relations fundraiser, she said, “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
Never mind that CAIR was actually founded in 1994, the seething hatred resonating in her voice was hard to miss.
President Trump’s eldest son and namesake, Donald Trump Jr., smacked Newsweek hard, calling the pro-Omar piece a “new low.”
“Normalizing and even elevating an anti-Semite is a new low even for Newsweek,” he tweeted. “It’s been a shame to see a once decent publication devolve into such a clickbait.”
Normalizing and even elevating an anti-Semite is a new low even for Newsweek. It’s been a shame to see a once decent publication devolve into such a clickbait rag. https://t.co/CMAiFCq4Jg
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 9, 2019
But he was far from the only one… here’s a sampling of other responses form Twitter:
Calls a Jewish man a “white nationalist,” accused Jewish people of dual loyalty, described 9/11 as “some people did something” — if Newsweek is talking about Omar "changing the conversation" to include more anti-Semitism, they’re right. https://t.co/obo4DypN9p
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 9, 2019
She just allowed them to be honest about their antisemitism. https://t.co/0qDqDWTiic
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) April 9, 2019
It used to be a discussion of how to work with our oldest friend & best ally in the Middle East
Now it'a a nasty & vile collection of anti-Semitic slurs
Bravo Democrats! https://t.co/84Wte2VJMI
— Jim Hanson 🇺🇸 (@JimHansonDC) April 10, 2019
SHAME!!!!!! Racist Anti-Semites!
— Tabitha1791 (@Tab1791) April 10, 2019
#antisemitism is cool again.
— Christie (@RepRepublic) April 10, 2019
How could you put this woman in your magazine???
She is a racist antisemite!
She hates Israel.
If you cant easily see and understand this, you are useless as a news outlet.
— Keeping it Real (@IamPrairiestorm) April 9, 2019
“Some people did something” in reference to 9/11. The enemy within.
— Fred Wagner (@fjwagner713) April 9, 2019
“Changing the conversation about Israel” – that’s an interesting euphemism for “trotting out old antisemitic tropes and evading responsibility for it.” Of course, @Newsweek, like many in the traditional media, is destroying its own brand and reputation. Congrats.
— Guy David (@DBCWriter) April 9, 2019
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