On FOX News Channel’s "The Ingraham Angle" on Monday with host Laura Ingraham, Rabbi Aryeh Spero, president of Caucus for America and spokesman for the National Conference on Jewish Affairs, commented on a rally held in New York City to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rabbi Spero suggesting Rep. Omar is “anti-Jewish” and “anti-American.”
“This is a travesty,” stated Rabbi Aryeh Spero about Rep. Ilhan Omar. “Not only is this woman anti-Jewish, she’s anti-American. You know that she has said, often, that America is a country that’s racist and hate-filled and it’s built on genocide and slavery. This is not someone who seems to like America.”
Rabbi Aryeh Spero’s comments came after renewed demands for Rep. Ilhan Omar to be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “Following the highly-publicized allegations of the Minnesotan congresswoman’s antisemitism and her statement downplaying the 9/11 terrorist attacks, New York native and activist Joe Diamond organized a rally and billboard launch calling for her removal,” reported The Jerusalem Post. “She is one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to the US legislature.”
Below is a transcript, in pertinent part, of Rabbi Spero’s exchange with Laura Ingraham on “The Ingraham Angle”:
Laura Ingraham: “Well, a couple hundred people there. You just heard from members of a group called Coalition to Get Ilhan Omar Off the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The coalition packed part of Times Square today.
“They were protesting Congresswoman Omar’s blatant anti-Semitism against our greatest ally, among other things.
“Here’s one of those speakers today, is Rabbi Aryeh Spero. Rabbi Spero, it’s great to see you. This was interesting. In New York City, where people think, ‘Well, anything that would seem to be slightly more conservative, no one would show up.’ Pretty interesting and big crowd considering you’re in Manhattan in, you know, Bill de Blasio land.”
Rabbi Aryeh Spero: “Well, first of all, Laura, thanks for staying with this issue. You know, we started this about two months ago when we went to Speaker Pelosi’s office. And we had a sit-in, and we said, ‘Why are you allowing Ilhan Omar to sit on the highly sensitive and important House Foreign Affairs Committee?’ And we’ve continued with this, and we had this rally today. Many of us got together and decided it was time to put this rally at the crossroads of the world in Times Square.
“Listen, first of all, not all of New Yorkers are liberal or leftists and Marxists. There are still a lot of people here in the city that are full of common sense, and they see what’s going on.
“This is a travesty. Not only is this woman anti-Jewish, she’s anti-American. You know that she has said, often, that America is a country that’s racist and hate-filled and it’s built on genocide and slavery. This is not someone who seems to like America.”
“She accuses Jews of having allegiance to a foreign country, when there are a hundred million Americans, at least, who love Israel and are loyal to Israel. One’s allegiance to America is not mitigated because one also happens to support Israel. And she accuses the Jewish community of using what she calls ‘Benjamins,’ hundred dollar bills in order to buy support in the Congress for Israel, which is also a lie. People who are for Israel are so because they believe in this democracy called Israel.”
Ingraham: “Well, it’s our greatest ally in the Middle East, and Nancy Pelosi, I bet, would want this whole thing to go away with Omar. That’s my prediction.”