A pair of high-profile liberal figures on Tuesday embraced an apology from Democratic Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, whereas questioning when we would get a “sorry” from President Donald Trump.
After being condemned by Democratic management—who mentioned “Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive”—Omar apologized on Monday for the tweets criticized by some as anti-Semitic, thanking “Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.” Omar had posted a tweet that urged the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) purchased affect over politicians.
Democratic New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threw her assist behind Omar in response to a tweet from The Forward, which quoted a narrative that learn: “If you denounce Ilhan Omar but support Donald Trump, you don’t really oppose bigotry. You don’t even really oppose anti-Semitism. What you oppose is criticism of Israel.”
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, speaks throughout a press convention exterior the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on February 7, 2019. Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response: “Unlike this President, Rep. [Omar] demonstrated a capacity to acknowledge pain & apologize, use the opportunity to learn abt history of antisemitism,+grow from it while clarifying her stance. I’m also inspired by Jewish leadership who brought her in, not push her out, to heal.”
She adopted up in one other publish: “Lots of individuals right here proclaiming to be “woke” making an attempt to police communities on what they’re/aren’t allowed to be upset by. I’m proud [Omar] raised the problem of lobbyist in politics & equally happy with her sensitivity to communities. Both are doable.”
Chelsea Clinton, who criticized Omar for her tweets, expressed a sentiment related to that of Ocasio-Cortez. In response to a tweet that famous Trump referred to as for Omar to resign from Congress or the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Clinton tweeted: “Mr. President, Congresswoman [Omar] apologized for using an anti-Semitic trope & demonstrated leadership. When have you ever apologized for your embrace of white nationalism & your exploitation & amplification of anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, racist, xenophobic, anti-LGBTQ hate?”