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
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/QgmlXVGbAOhttps://t.co/hbdp743iNc
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