Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., claims that on Sunday when she sent out multiple tweets decrying the nefarious influence of Jewish money in American politics that she had no idea she was spreading anti-Semitism until she subsequently learned about the implications of her statements. That might have been a more compelling excuse if it weren’t for the fact that she used the exact same one last month, when explaining an earlier anti-Semitic tweet.
On Sunday night, the freshman Democrat, who was given a slot on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, reacted to a story about a plan from the desk of House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to “take action” against the anti-Semitism being exhibited on a regular basis by Omar and her ” sister” freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., by tweeting out “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.” She then followed it up by saying she meant AIPAC, and then promoted several other supportive tweets furthering the same argument about Jewish donor influence.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., demanded that Omar apologize, and then Omar tweeted out a tortured statement in response.
“Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes,” Omar wrote. “My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.”
She went on to attack AIPAC as “problematic” while lumping them in with other special interest groups including the NRA and the fossil fuel industry.
This tweet is completely insincere, however, given that just last month, she was forced to respond to criticism of an earlier tweet about the magical power of Jews to control world events, in which she wrote, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
In a Twitter thread from less than three weeks ago, she wrote, “It was after my CNN interview that I heard from Jewish orgs. that my use of the word ‘Hypnotize’ and the ugly sentiment it holds was offensive.” She then added, “That statement came in the context of the Gaza War. It’s now apparent to me that I spent lots of energy putting my 2012 tweet in context and little energy is disavowing the anti-semitic trope I unknowingly used, which is unfortunate and offensive.”
Clearly, she actually learned nothing.
Omar’s response to the newest controversy will no doubt serve its purpose of allowing Democrats to move on. Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, who criticized her initial tweet last night, thanked Omar ” for her leadership” in response to the “apology.” But any honest observer should see right through it.