GOP outrage over racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, and all other forms of bigotry only seems to extend to instances in which Democrats are involved. They’ll all call for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to resign over racist photos of him in blackface were exposed, as have Democrats, but they’ll elect Trump to the White House and defend him calling tiki-torch carrying protesters chanting “Jews will not replace us” “very fine people.”
That same hypocrisy has shown itself after Rep. Ilham Omar (D-MN) commented on a tweet saying that a group known as AIPAC were paying American politicians to support Israel. Many saw the comments as anti-Semitic in tone, stirring up old tropes about Jewish money controlling governments. Rep. Omar has since apologized and said that she was listening to and learning from the criticism, but that she would also “stay strong.”
Republicans were quick to call to say that the apology was not enough, calling for Omar to be removed from committees just as Steve King (R-IA) was after he asked why terms like “white supremacy” became a bad thing. The two instances are not similar, nor is Omar’s comment in any way similar to Trump referring to undocumented Mexicans as rapists and drug dealers.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) noted at least one difference: Omar was willing to apologize for her remarks and listen to criticism to examine her own views, something Trump has never done.
The Twitter comment section on Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet showed that the debate is far from settled. Read some of their comments below:
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