Omar: I 'Do Not' Regret Past Anti-Semitic Comments

'I'm grateful for the opportunity to really learn how my words made people feel'

July 17, 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn) said in a recent interview that she doesn't regret her past anti-Semitic remarks, but says she is "grateful for the opportunity" to learn how her words have affected others.

Omar appeared on CBS This Morning alongside three other female progressive Democrats known as the  "squad," where she was asked to address her previous anti-Semitic remarks that have received backlash from Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Congress.

"Often times there are things that you might say might not hold weight for you, but to someone else, the way that we hear and consume information is very different than how the next person might," Omar said.

"So you don't regret your words either?" co-host Gayle King asked.

"I do not, but I have gotten the — I'm grateful for the opportunity to really learn how my words made people feel and have taken every single opportunity I've gotten to make sure that people understood that I apologize for it," Omar said.

King followed up by asking whether Omar would like to make it clear she isn't anti-Semitic.

"Oh certainly not," Omar said.

"Would you like to make that clear?" King asked again.

"Yes, nothing I said, at least to me, was meant for that purpose," Omar said.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.), another member of the "squad," told King she didn't regret her vulgar comment about impeaching President Donald Trump either.

When asked if she regretted her comment, she said, "Absolutely not. I'm unapologetic about it. I'm definitely definitely going to push forward and say we have to impeach him."

Earlier this year, she yelled, "We're going to impeach this motherf—r."