The Democrats Have an Anti-Semite Problem

February 13, 2019

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) found herself on Monday apologizing, sort of, for the second time in three weeks over anti-Semitic comments when she tweeted politicians who support Israel are paid to do so.

After Omar said AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobbying group, paid off politicians like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) to support Israel, she was forced to apologize by some of her colleagues, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.). Omar said "I unequivocally apologize" before immediately equivocating and saying AIPAC played a "problematic role in our politics."

Among those defending her original tweets were former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke and Women's March co-founder Tamika Mallory, who is known for coziness with radical anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.

In a cringe-worthy segment last month on "The View," Mallory refused to condemn Farrakhan's horrific remarks about Jews, such as calling them termites, but instead said "it's not my language" and that she didn't agree with some of his statements. She has previously called him the "GOAT," or Greatest of All Time, although she said that was due to his work in the black community.

Omar also admitted last month she used "unfortunate" language in this 2012 tweet, still active on her account, where she wrote, "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel." She's also compared Israel to Iran, the world's largest state sponsor of terror, and said she's amused at the idea Israel is a democracy—it is.

If only it stopped there.

Her fellow freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) recently criticized a Republican-led bill allowing governments to not do business with pro-BDS companies by saying, "they forgot what country they represent." An old anti-Semitic canard is accusing Jews of dual loyalties, although Tlaib claimed she was simply criticizing U.S. Senators who supported the legislation.

Omar and Tlaib both support the BDS movement against Israel, which has been condemned by the Anti-Defamation League and called anti-Semitic by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.).

There's also Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), who touted a phone call last week with U.K. Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, a notorious anti-Semite. The Times of Israel laid out some of his greatest hits:

In 2009 Corbyn called Hamas and Hezbollah his "friends" and said that Hamas was working to achieve peace and justice; he subsequently apologized for the comment. In 2012 he defended an anti-Semitic mural — for which he also subsequently apologized. In 2013, he said British "Zionists" don’t understand British irony.

In 2014 he laid flowers at a cemetery where Palestinian terrorists who murdered Israeli athletes in Munich in 1972 are buried. Appearing at a Labour Friends of Israel reception during his party’s annual conference in 2015, soon after he had been elected Labour leader, he was heckled after giving an address during which he did not mention the word "Israel."

Of course, there's former Democratic National Committee vice-chair Keith Ellison's former ties to Farrakhan, and who could forget D.C. councilman Trayon White (D.) saying the Rothschilds control the World Bank and federal government?