US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar risks expulsion from Congress as tensions mount for her removal over antisemitic comments.
Among those who have joined the growing calls for Omar’s expulsion from Congress is US Vice President, Mike Pence.
Mike Pence in a tweet dropped a massive bomb on the controversial Congresswoman. Pence tweeted “Those who engage in anti-Semitic tropes should not just be denounced, they should face consequences for their words,”
Omar’s “tweets were a disgrace [and] her apology was inadequate. Antisemitism has no place in the United States Congress, much less the Foreign Affairs Committee,” Pence wrote.
The Vice President and others were upset about her tweet that suggested the only reasons US politicians support Israel is because they are paid to do so by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
Her words hinted at one of the archetypal antisemitic stereotypes that accuse Jews of using money to control the world.
Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump said of Omar’s comments, “Antisemitism has no place in the United States Congress… and I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”
Omar has since apologized for her statement. “Antisemitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of antisemitic tropes,” she wrote. “My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry.”
Trump, like Pence, felt her apology was inadequate.
“What she said is so deep-seated in her heart that her lame apology – and that’s what it was, it was lame, and she didn’t mean a word of it – was just not appropriate,” Trump said.