Ilhan Omar Says AIPAC Pays Politicians To Be Pro

Clay Curtis
February 11, 2019

In response, Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin slammed Tlaib and Omar's open support for the BDS movement, urging his colleagues to "to reject the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatred that we are starting to see infiltrating American politics and even the halls of Congress".

"We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism", Clinton tweeted. "Bad form, Congresswoman. That's the second anti-Semitic trope you've tweeted".

A spokesperson told Politico later Sunday that Omar's controversial tweets "speak for themselves". Omar raised over $1 million for her freshman campaign previous year, including from unions and from Emily's List, a group that seeks increased participation by women in politics.

Comedian Sarah Silverman responded, "I truly don't think she meant it that way AT ALL, but I'm surprised she's earnestly not aware of the people that will absolutely take it that way".

Citing the tweet, Omar replied, "AIPAC!". "I think it is actually exciting because we are finally able to have conversations that we weren't really willing to before", she told CNN.

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He said that Israel is an indispensable USA strategic ally in the Middle East, and it's "immoral" for Omar to suggest that Jews have "bought off" members of Congress. "What she's insinuating or implying directly is that Jewish money is somehow controlling certain Democrats and people's positions toward Israel, '" Berman said. "She might as well call us hook-nosed". "But to go a step further and retweet someone declaring their pain at her sentiment is simply unacceptable".

Some people tried to explain the lobbying group's influence, with one person drawing attention to a tweet by the US Ambassador to Israel that described AIPAC as "Israel's national strategic asset". "And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith", Omar wrote.

Democrat Chelsea Clinton responded to Omar's anti-Semitism by saying that she was going to talk to Omar about her "anti-Semitic language and tropes".

"It's clear that congresswoman Ilhan Omar harbors deep-seated anti-Semitic views", Carnahan said in a statement.

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