Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer took strong exception with Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comment comparing the United States and Israel to Hamas, Afghanistan, and the Taliban, asking why she couldn’t just once “fly the flag” for the United States.
The segment started off with guest Katie Pavlich addressing Omar’s explosive tweet: “We not only saw her trying to walk this back but the entire squad came to her defense, claiming that criticisms of her aren’t about policy or her positions on issues, but about Islamophobia and trying to silence women of color in the House.”
She continued: “You had [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] saying she wishes Democrats in the party would come to them and speak up these things privately before they condemned her publicly, but she is making these statements publicly.”
“She is the Vice-Chair of a subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and yet she is equating the United States and Israel to U.S. government-sanctioned and designated terrorist organizations,” Pavlich added. “It is not that she is a member of Congress without any responsibility, she is on the Foreign Affairs Committee and many people have taken off committee assignments for saying far less than she has, repeatedly, over and over again.”
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Bill Hemmer then stepped into the fray and read a tweet that was sent out by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). She stated that “freedom of speech doesn’t exist for a Muslim women in Congress.”
“She talked about the United States in comparison to the Taliban. Do you know what the Taliban did to women in Afghanistan? This is reprehensible,” Hemmer said addressing Omar’s comment. He then hit her for her seeming ingratitude and lack of patriotism: “She was born in Somalia. She was raised in a refugee camp in Kenya — came to the United States, I think, at the age of nine. Can she ever fly the flag maybe just once for us?”
Pavlich heartily agreed, condemning Omar’s “constant criticism of the country that saved her.”
We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.
We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) June 7, 2021
Democrats released a statement denouncing Omar’s comment on Thursday which incensed both Omar and the Squad.
Originally, Omar pushed back hard after an initial condemnation by a dozen Jewish Democrats: “The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable,” Omar tweeted Thursday. “Citing an open case against Israel, US, Hamas & Taliban in the ICC isn’t comparison or from ‘deeply seated prejudice’. You might try to undermine these investigations or deny justice to their victims but history has [taught] us that the truth can’t be hidden or silenced forever.”
It’s shameful for colleagues who call me when they need my support to now put out a statement asking for “clarification” and not just call.
The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable. https://t.co/37dy2UduW0
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 10, 2021
But she would eventually try to backtrack and “clarify” her words: “To be clear: the conversation was about accountability for specific incidents regarding those ICC (International Criminal Court) cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel,” Omar claimed on Thursday.
“I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems,” she posited trying to justify her comments.
The “clarification” was evidently not enough for leading Democrats who further decried Omar’s comments. In a statement led by Pelosi and joined by other elected House Democratic leaders, they thanked Omar for her explanation but warned her against making such drastic comparisons: “Drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all.”
“We welcome the clarification by Congresswoman Omar that there is no moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban,” the brief statement concluded.
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