(DailyVantage.com) – Amidst Rep Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) ouster from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, members of the so-called “squad” are claiming that Republicans were led by racial motivations.
Omar, who is a Somali Muslim, has a rather troubling history of anti-Semitic comments regarding Jews and money. She has also been quite vocal in her criticisms of the Israel lobby and the concept of American Zionism more broadly.
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, in an impassioned speech delivered on the floor of the House on Thursday, slammed House GOP members for bigotry against minorities. Ocasio-Cortes claimed that Republicans have engaged in “racism and incitement of violence against women of color in this body.”
Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), another squad member, echoed AOC’s comments and asserted that Republicans had a problem with Omar, not because of her anti-semitism, but because of her gender and skin color. Tlaib is herself no stranger to controversy. In May of 2019 Tlaib made a rather odd remark on a Yahoo News podcast about the Holocaust: “There’s a kind of calming feeling I always tell folks when I think of the Holocaust…” The comment was met by substantial blowback from Republicans and Jewish groups.
In an interview with Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo on Friday, Rep Greg Murphy (R-NC) attacked squad members for engaging in identity politics: “It’s just getting to be ridiculous…everything’s the race card now.” Murphy went on to say that people of color on the left feel as though they have license to be “anti-Semitic” and “anti-American”.
Murphy also contrasted Omar’s ouster from her committee assignment from Marjory Taylor Greene’s in 2021. Greene, Murphy argued, was impeached for inflammatory things she said before being elected to Congress. Omar, conversely, made her remarks while being a sitting member of the House.
Thanks to Speaker McCarthy and his fellow Republicans, Omar will now be starting off the new year without her seat on one of the House’s top committees.
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