Rep. Ilhan Omar is once again in political hot water over alleged anti-semitism.
For the second time in less than a month, her comments regarding Israel and its impact on American foreign policy are drawing fierce criticism from her fellow Democrats in Congress.
However, this latest controversy is being overshadowed somewhat by a confrontation over Omar — rather, over a poster featuring an image of Omar — that took place in the West Virginia state legislature on Friday.
Needless to say, both incidents have generated a great deal of press surrounding the freshman congresswoman, so we'll take a look at them separately:
The comments in question actually stem from the first comments (more specifically, a couple of now-deleted tweets) that got her in trouble last month.
In those, she suggested that Republican support for the Israeli regime is fueled by money from pro-Israel groups, namely the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). She also added that support for the Israeli government is "all about the Benjamins."
This past week, while at an event in a Washington, D.C., bookstore, she remarked, “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is O.K. for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” the Hill reports.
Omar was referencing her previous controversial statements, with "foreign country" referring to Israel. It again implies some lawmakers are in the pocket of the U.S. ally.
The Hill says she then went on to question "why it was acceptable for her to criticize the influence of the NRA" and other special interest groups "but not the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)."
Following the comments, Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued a statement condemning what he called a "vile ant-Semitic slur" on Omar's part:
Engel also says Omar's commentary calls into question the loyalty of "fellow American citizens because of their political views."
“Her comments were outrageous and deeply hurtful, and I ask that she retract them, apologize, and commit to making her case on policy issues without resorting to attacks that have no place in the Foreign Affairs Committee or the House of Representatives,” the statement concluded.
According to Politico, "Republicans have been even more critical of (Omar)," with some saying she should be removed from her spot in the aforementioned Foreign Affairs Committee.
The Islamophobic poster
The poster, seen in the tweet below, appeared during an event at the West Virginia Capitol on Friday. It implies she's somehow linked to the 9/11 attacks:
The display, which was part of a local Republican Party-sponsored booth, "sparked a confrontation" that resulted in a physical injury and a resignation, USA Today reports.
Omar herself acknowledged the incident on her Twitter account:
The tweet also references a piece of public vandalism reading "Assassinate Ilhan Omar," which was found in the bathroom of a Rogers, Minnesota, Holiday convenience store: