Amid yet another controversy involving far-left “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in which she appeared to equate the U.S. and Israel with Hamas and the Taliban, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has once again gone soft in the face of blatant anti-Semitism, indicating that no further official steps need be taken to rebuke her colleague, as The Hill reports.
Omar drew the ire of many on both sides of the aisle last week when she tweeted a series of incendiary comments that included her observation that “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”
Late Wednesday, 12 Jewish Democrats in the House asked Omar to “clarify” her remarks, an act which prompted the congresswoman to explain that she was “in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries” and that she did not make “a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel,” though she also claimed that the public criticism from colleagues on the left was “shameful” as well as “islamophobic,” according to ABC News.
Republicans in the House took things further, calling for Omar to be removed from her position on the Foreign Affairs Committee, arguing that “If someone consistently and repeatedly makes anti-Semitic and anti-American comments. They are are anti-Semitic and Anti-American,” and therefore has no place on a panel of such importance to national security.
On the heels of Omar’s explanation, Pelosi and several Democrat House leaders issued joint remarks indicating that the clarification was “welcome,” adding that while “legitimate criticism of the policies of both the United States and Israel is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate,” any statement “drawing false equivalencies between democracies…and groups that engage in terrorism…foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all.”
Omar’s fellow Squad member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) was among those on the far left jumping to their colleague’s defense, however, asserting on Twitter that “Freedom of speech doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress…House Democratic leadership should be ashamed of its relentless, exclusive tone policing of Congresswomen of color.”
Clearly hoping to move on from the conflict that poses a continued threat to party unity, when asked Friday whether she believed any additional condemnation or sanctioning of Omar on the matter was necessary, Pelosi responded by saying, “No. No, I don’t,” adding, “I think that she clarified her remarks, and that was – we accepted that,” as The Hill noted.
Pelosi continued, “And she has a point that she wanted to make and she has a right to make that point. There was some unease about how it was interpreted. She made her clarification.”
It is apparent that in an effort to prevent further intraparty discord that could jeopardize the Biden administration’s ambitious legislative agenda, Pelosi once again appears willing to give Omar a pass on her shamefully anti-American proclamations, and, as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) rightly pointed out, her decision “sends a message to the world that Democrats are tolerant of anti-Semitism and sympathizing with terrorists.”