U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN)

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Minnesota Democrat slammed for ‘anti-Semitic’ tweets

February 11, 2019 - 10:53 am

WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) -- Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) sparked backlash Sunday night, from members of both parties.

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She accused a prominent lobbying group of paying members of Congress to support Israel.

Omar was responding to a Twitter post by journalist Glenn Greenwald, who had criticized House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for threatening to take action against Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for remarks that some have called anti-Semitic, FOX News reported.

"There’s situations in our conference where a member does something that is wrong — I think you’ve seen from my own actions that I take action about it," McCarthy said, "I think when they stay silent, they are just as guilty ... I think this will not be the end of this, and if they do not take action then I think you will see action from myself. It’s unacceptable in this country, especially when you sit back and think about and listen to what this country went through in World War II."

Greenwald accused McCarthy of attacking the lawmakers' free speech rights while defending a foreign nation, Omar responded 'It's all about the Benjamins baby!' a reference the 1997 Puff Daddy song.

That's when Batya Ungar-Sargon chimed in asking, "Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can guess. Bad form, Congresswoman. That's the second anti-Semitic trope you've tweeted."

"AIPAC!" Omar replied.

In response AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, tweeted that it's "proud to engage in the democratic process to strengthen the U.S.- Israel relationship."

The group called its efforts bipartisan, and Omar's comment ill informed.