Rep. Ilhan Omar to Trump: ‘You Have Trafficked in Hate Your Whole Life—Against Jews, Muslims…'

By Staff | February 13, 2019 | 9:13am EST
Rep. Ilhan Omar (Getty Images/Stephen Maturen)

( - Rep. Ilhan Omar sent out a Tweet on Wednesday morning expressing to President Donald Trump her belief that he has “trafficked in hate” his entire life.

“You have trafficked in hate you whole life—against Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more,” Omar said. “I learned from people impacted by my words. When will you?”

Omar was responding to a Tweet by Time that said: “President Trump says Rep. Omar’s apology for Israel tweets was ‘lame.’”

On Tuesday, Trump made a statement to reporters condemning the anti-Semitic comments Omar had made.

"Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress," Trump said. "And Congressman Omar, is terrible what she said."

"I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee," Trump said. "What she said is so deep-seated in her heart that her lame apology--and that's what it was, it was lame, and she didn't mean a word of it--was just not appropriate.

"I think she should resign from Congress, frankly," Trump said. "But at a minimum, she shouldn't be on committees, certainly that committee."

On Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) and other members of the Democratic leadership had issued a statement condemning Omar’s anti-Semitic comments.

“Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception,” Pelosi and the other Democratic leaders said.

“We are and will always be strong supporters of Israel in Congress because we understand that our support is based on shared values and strategic interests,” they said. “Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share.

“But Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive,” said Pelosi and the other Democratic leaders. “We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.”

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