We can’t quite get our heads around who thought it was a great idea to send not one but two Muslim congresswomen to Washington last November, but what baffles us even more is that Jewish Democrats in Minneapolis actually went out on a limb for Ilhan Omar’s candidacy. Maybe this is the kind of self-hating, guilty behavior we’ve come to expect from modern liberals, regardless of their religion, but this seemed especially self-destructive. It’s one thing not to care that much about Israel; it’s quite another to donate and support a Muslim candidate who wears a hijab. Like, how clueless can you be?
In any case, Omar has lived up to everyone’s worst fears, and then some. One might have imagined that Omar, along with Rahida Tlaib, would have been able to at least fake a veneer of normalcy for a few months! But no. No, they couldn’t. Only a few days into February, Omar was in hot water for tweeting, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” insinuating that dark Jewish money was controlling the Republican Party, which explains the GOP’s support for Israel. She was immediately lambasted for flirting with anti-Semitic tropes. She offered a half-assed apology, and promised to do better.
Well, that lasted all of a couple of weeks.
At a forum on Thursday, Omar said that she was getting painted as an anti-Semite solely because she was a practicing Muslim.
“What I’m fearful of — because Rashida and I are Muslim — that a lot of our Jewish colleagues, a lot of our constituents, a lot of our allies, go to thinking that everything we say about Israel to be anti-Semitic because we are Muslim,” she explained. “It’s almost as if, every single time we say something regardless of what it is we say…we get to be labeled something. And that ends the discussion. Because we end up defending that and nobody ever gets to have the broader debate of what is happening with Palestine.”
Which she immediately followed with this doozie: “So for me, I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country.”
In this case, we’ve got to hand it to the mainstream media. Liberal writers are reluctant to address the hatred against whites, Christians, straight people, and American’s founding principles that run rampant throughout the Democratic Party. But when they smell anti-Semitism, they speak up. That’s something, at least.
At The New Yorker, Jonathan Chait wrote: “Accusing Jews of ‘allegiance to a foreign country’ is a historically classic way of delegitimizing their participation in the political system. Whether or not the foreign policy agenda endorsed by American supporters of Israel is wise or humane, it is a legitimate expression of their political rights as American citizens … Whatever presumption of good faith she deserved last time should be gone now.”
Oh, it should have been gone a long time ago.