Rep. Omar: ‘My Intention Is Never to Offend My Constituents or Jewish Americans as a Whole’

By Craig Bannister | February 11, 2019 | 3:27pm EST
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (Screenshot)

“Listening and learning, but standing strong,” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) headlined an apology tweet Monday after House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other House Democrat leaders published a statement condemning “anti-Semitic comments” Omar made on Sunday.

“Anti-Semitism is real,” Rep. Omar said in her apology, adding that she stands by her opposition to lobbying efforts of groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC):

“Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally aplogize.

“At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry. It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it.”

As reported, Rep. Omar had posted a pair of tweets insinuating that the pro-Israel lobby pays members of Congress to support Israel, upsetting critics ranging from the American Jewish Committee to Chelsea Clinton.

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