Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) are on a roll. Both are far left members of Congress and have stepped in it from the get-go. First, they both support the viciously anti-Israel Boycotts, Disinvestment, Sanctions movement, which has been accused of anti-Semitism. Tlaib declared that House Democrats were going to “impeach the motherf**ker,” regarding President Trump. And now Omar posted an anti-Semitic tweet that was so bad that even Chelsea Clinton had to call her out for it. The Washington Post has the backstory:
Republicans are focusing their ire at the two Muslim women in Congress, accusing them of anti-Semitism and pressuring Democratic leaders to rebuke the lawmakers as attitudes in the party toward Israel shift from unquestioned support.
The pressure on Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) is part of a larger GOP effort to drive a partisan wedge into the traditionally nonpartisan relationship between the United States and Israel. Republicans are casting themselves as the more resolute defender of Israel, heightening the party’s appeal to traditionally Democratic Jewish voters.
The Democratic Party’s renewed internal debate over Israel is certain to have repercussions in 2020 for congressional candidates as well as White House hopefuls challenging President Trump, whose unwavering support of Israel and recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital have won plaudits in the Jewish state.
So, how did Omar respond? By tweeting, “it’s all about the Benjamins.” Yeah, a rather bigoted tweet, huh? CNN’s Jake Tapper also zeroed in on the anti-Semitic undertones in the tweet.
GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It's stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans https://t.co/It1fGm1b70— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 10, 2019
It's all about the Benjamins baby ?? https://t.co/KatcXJnZLV— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 10, 2019
The hits keep coming from the party of blackface, Klan hoods, appropriation of native identity and now those "rich, all-powerful Jews" https://t.co/u4EQIxKv7D— Larry O'Connor (@LarryOConnor) February 11, 2019
Just to note regarding this tweet from Rep Omar suggesting that support for Israel is “all about the Benjamins” — GOP Leader McCarthy’s comments were focused not on policy differences but on what he sees as anti-Semitic rhetoric from Reps. Omar and Tlaib https://t.co/QgmlXVGbAO https://t.co/hbdp743iNc— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 11, 2019
Probably not the best idea for someone plagued with a history of anti-Semitic comments. https://t.co/Mxwx079Ygj— RBe (@RBPundit) February 11, 2019
Would this be another anti-Semitic trope about the Jews paying off the Republicans or do you have another angle you're going for here, Congresswoman? https://t.co/5gMv4NIlhE— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 11, 2019
Co-signed as an American. We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism.— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 11, 2019
Please learn how to talk about Jews in a non-anti-Semitic way. Sincerely, American Jews. https://t.co/qo3BU2Pqgn— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) February 11, 2019
???? Chelsea - I would be happy to talk. We must call out smears from the GOP and their allies. And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019
I look forward to building an inclusive movement for justice with you. ???? https://t.co/EGA9NQfBCi
Our friends at Twitchy sifted through this left-wing trash and found that she was trying to slam AIPAC. That also was a disastrous pivot:
AIPAC! https://t.co/UdzaFUEfrh— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019
Fun fact: AIPAC is a 501(c)(4), not a political action committee. They engage in advocacy but do not fund campaigns. Love them or hate them, they don’t “pay” politicians even in the sense that this Congresswoman means. https://t.co/IQeAs3KeZb— Greg Shill (@greg_shill) February 11, 2019
Alas, the final act of this anti-Semitic train wreck. Yikes:
2. The Congresswoman has retweeted this tweet. pic.twitter.com/3nGtMVIqYa— Yashar Ali ?? (@yashar) February 11, 2019
3. Did she not read the full tweet? pic.twitter.com/0Ikkjt6edO— Yashar Ali ?? (@yashar) February 11, 2019
4. Looks like she didn’t. She undid the retweet.— Yashar Ali ?? (@yashar) February 11, 2019
Too late...the damage is done.