Donald Trump is calling for the resignation of Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar after she tweeted condemnation of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobbyist group, which many critics labeled as “anti-semitic.”
On Sunday, Omar publicized her thoughts on AIPAC, insinuating that America’s support for Israel stems from the money behind the powerful special interest group specifically stating it was “all about the Benjamins baby.” Critics say the reference ties to antiquated stereotypes of Jews, evoking a “money hungry” tropes used to discriminate against the group in years prior.
Others say that Omar is merely speaking the truth and continue to call on Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and points out how America continues to turn a blind eye.
Congressional leaders House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer both publicly denounced Omar’s remarks and called for her to apologize on Monday.
Several congressional staffers and members of congress have left encouraging messages on Omar’s office door after the backlash. While other prominent public persons have voiced their support for Omar and condemned Trump’s hypocrisy.
Omar, a Black Muslim woman, is part of the same historic class where a groundbreaking number of women were elected to seats in 2018. In the past few months, several Black prominent activists like Mark Lamont Hill and Angela Davis, have recently faced severe backlash for comments criticizing Israel, so the rage against Omar seems nuanced.
But several Republican congressional leaders have pressured Pelosi to exert more pressure on Omar, and strip her from her seat as a member on House Foreign Affairs Committee — a committee which directly influences America’s direction in the Middle East.
On Monday, Omar responded and apologized via Twitter.
“Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack for me identify. This is why I unequivocally apologize,” Omar wrote.
Omar however maintains that she will keep her foot on the neck of lobbyists, who she says have an unfair advantage in swaying the voting practices in congress.
“At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry. It’s gone on too lang and we must be willing to address it,” she continued.