If the Democrats really care about addressing the anti-Semitism within their ranks, they need to take action now.
Specifically, Nancy Pelosi needs to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from the House Foreign Affairs Committee “immediately,” Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) declared on Tuesday.
For the second time in less than a month, Omar has been called out for making anti-Semitic comments — this time, for raising the old “dual loyalty” trope — and Congressional Democrats have been forced into the uncomfortable position of reprimanding one of their own.
Democrat response to Omar
House Speaker Pelosi is now considering a special symbolic resolution formally condemning anti-Semitism in response to Omar’s comments. But her move is stirring up a surprising amount of resistance among the Democrats.
In an appearance Tuesday morning on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” host Sandra Smith asked Scalise for his thoughts on the resolution. “The resolution only addresses a piece of the problem. [Omar] continues to display anti-Semitic remarks and comments. These are her beliefs,” he said.
“So, if (the Democrats) really are serious about addressing the problem, Nancy Pelosi has to remove her from the Foreign Affairs Committee,” Scalise continued. “She is literally getting intelligence briefings on foreign policy of the United States — including our relationship with Israel — as she makes these kinds of comments where she thinks any support of Israel is denouncing your own nationality.”
“Where does that come from? It’s a deep-rooted belief that shows the core of her convictions,” he said. “Everybody is entitled to their own beliefs, but why would you have her on a committee that important, that sensitive to our foreign policy if she has those kinds of anti-Semitic beliefs unless you are willing to tolerate it?”
“It shouldn’t be tolerated. She ought to be removed immediately from the Foreign Affairs Committee,” he added.
No place for anti-Semitism on FAC
Omar hasn’t apologized this time. Smith noted that Omar instead doubled down and defended her remarks as merely questioning the U.S.-Israel relationship, to which Scalise replied, “First of all, everybody is entitled to their own beliefs. But if you want to sit on the Foreign Affairs Committee and objectively look at and help set the foreign policy of the United States of America, you shouldn’t have anti-Semitic beliefs.”
“The way she describes this relationship — the American-Israel relationship is an incredibly special bond. It’s an incredibly bipartisan bond,” he continued. “Our nations have worked together, in many cases in tandem, on the same kind of foreign policy. When Iran wants to bomb Israel and destroy Israel, they also want to bomb and destroy America.”
“Our foreign policy interests coincide a lot of times. Ultimately, if she has those kinds of beliefs, that expressing support for Israel is in some way denouncing your American citizenship, I think she needs to get a deeper-rooted understanding of the American and Israeli relationship to understand why our two countries are so interlinked on so many issues,” he added. Watch Scalise below:
Steve Scalise is right — if the Democrats, and Pelosi in particular, want to be taken seriously as standing up against anti-Semitism and bigoted hatred for Israel and Jews, they must take substantial action against Rep. Omar, such as removing her from the Foreign Affairs Committee.