Continetti: If Democrats Don’t Condemn Omar, ‘Door Is Wide Open’ for More Anti-Semitism

• March 6, 2019 9:18 pm


Washington Free Beacon editor in chief Matthew Continetti said Wednesday that Democrats must take a stand against anti-Semitism by condemning Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) for her comments about Israel.

Continetti joined MSNBC's Meet the Press where he asked how many times the freshman congresswoman should be given the benefit of the doubt, listing all of the recent times she has been pardoned for anti-Semitism.

"The Democrats gave her that for her tweet saying that Israel had hypnotized the world. They gave her that for the ‘It's all about the Benjamins' comment, tying Jewish money to support for Israel. Oops, she apologized, benefit of the doubt," Continetti said.

But for her most recent comment about Israel—suggesting that Americans Jews have "allegiance to a foreign country"—Omar has not apologized. Continetti said that allegation is "even more serious" than her previous comments.

"It's accusing supporters of Israel of allegiance to a foreign power, which is the old dual loyalty smear," he said. "And if the Democrats can't condemn this, then the door is wide open for Omar and others to make even more anti-Semitic statements."

Omar has not backed down from her comments and wrote in a Sunday tweet that 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." Calls for her to be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee have since continued.

She also ignored questions from reporters about her comments with regard to the House's resolution condemning anti-Semitism, which Democratic leadership originally planned to vote on as early as Wednesday but was soon pushed to Thursday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said Wednesday she believes Omar's comments were not "intentionally Anti-Semitic."

Fellow freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) came out in support of Omar in a series of tweets.

As a result of the disagreement amid members of the Democratic Party on how to respond to Omar's comments, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) said there may be no vote on the planned resolution to condemn anti-Semitism.