Trump’s Call For Ilhan Omar’s Resignation Over anti-Semitic Tweets is Rejected

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Mike Pence says Omar should face the consequences

On February 12, President Donald Trump said the Democratic Representative from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, should either step down from her House committee post or resign from Congress regarding her recent tweets termed anti-Semitic by lawmakers. For the political observer, the president’s criticism of Omar is an ironic one as he has uttered many anti-Semitic comments in his past or hesitated to denounce rhetoric by others.

Omar had apologized on February 11 after igniting a political firestorm when she tweeted that money is the principal motivator of U.S. support towards Israel. The messages suggest the monetary influence of American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a known Israel oriented lobby group. Her tweets were condemned by lawmakers on both sides of the political divide. The Democrat has previously lambasted Tel Aviv concerning its hostile attitude towards Palestinians. She has also supported the well-known Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. The latter is an activism driven campaign done through non-violent means which focuses on putting political and economic pressure on the Jewish nation to end its West Bank occupation.

Trump swooped on the chance, saying in the course of a Cabinet meeting that anti-Semitism cannot be a part of United States Congress. Representative Omar rejected the president’s demand for resignation. She issued a statement apologizing for her remarks and said she is “grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole.”

Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States, also criticized Representative Omar. In his tweet on February 12, he said the statements Omar made on Twitter were disgraceful and “her apology was inadequate.” Adding, those who engage in such anti-Semitic tropes must be denounced and must face the consequences for what they have said.

Several lawmakers have accepted Omar’s apology and would prefer to move on. One of them was Representative Max Rose, the elected Democrat from New York. Rose, initially a critic of Omar's statements, said he is taking Omar’s word for it and they both share excellent values and has no problem working with her.

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