Omar Ignores Questions About Anti-Semitic Comments

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• March 6, 2019 11:19 am


Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) ignored inquiries form reporters about her latest anti-Semitic controversy on Tuesday, focusing instead on an apparent phone call as the media followed and peppered her with questions.

For the second time in two months, the Democratic-led House is preparing to vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in response to Omar's latest remarks. Last month, she said pro-Israel politicians are paid off by AIPAC to support the Jewish state, and last week she invoked the "dual loyalty" canard by saying she didn't see why she should be pushed to demonstrate allegiance to a foreign country.

One reporter asked if she would support the new resolution, as well as whether language condemning anti-Muslim bias should be added to the resolution. Another noted she apologized for her "all about the Benjamins" remarks about pro-Israel politicians last month. He asked how her latest statement was different.

Although Omar had her phone pressed to her ear, she didn't appear to say anything. Perhaps she was checking voicemail.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) told reporters on Tuesday the resolution would be updated to include language condemning anti-Muslim bias. An aide told CNN the House would likely vote on the measure Thursday. Pelosi also said she'd spoken with Omar over the weekend. She didn't elaborate on the details.

Pelosi recently appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone alongside Omar, as well as freshman Reps. Jahana Hayes (D., Conn.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.).