Donald Trump must have been trying out a comedy routine during his Cabinet meeting. Keep in mind that this is the man whose first public words in his 2016 campaign referred to Mexicans as “rapists.” One of his first moves was to halt in-flight Muslims from entering the U.S. Yet, POTUS had the nerve call for the resignation of a new representative.
After Representative Ihan Omar (D-MN) posted comments that people viewed as anti-Semitic, she apologized. The native of Somalia and a Muslim tweeted that some of the members of Congress’ support for Israel was “all about the Benjamins” (campaign donations).
The man currently in the Oval Office said that the new representative should be stripped of her major committee memberships or resign, Bloomberg Television reported:
‘I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. President Trump on anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) “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. ‘
President Trump on anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) “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.” pic.twitter.com/ZLFwDOttqa
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 12, 2019
Then Trump continued saying that her comments were “lame” and “deep-seated in her heart.”
Omar said that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which is a lobbying group, influenced Jewish members of Congress’ financial support for Israel. As a result, the Democratic party leaders criticized her remarks, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Omar tweeted her apology and said that she appreciated “Jewish allies and colleagues” for “educating” her:
‘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. 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.’
One of Omar’s fellow representatives Max Rose (D-NY) called her out but also counseled her privately, according to the Bloomberg Television interview. Then, he said Trump once again:
‘…is obviously making an attempt to inject himself, as he so masterfully does, into the news cycle. The only problem here is he’s doing it in a hypocritical fashion. He has not said one thing about a member of the Republican Party — and there are plenty of them — who have echoed anti-Semitic remarks.’
Trump routinely verges on the edge of hate speech, which is a crime when a person is not the president. For example, a white supremacist during a rally in Charlottesville, VA ran down a counter-peaceful protestor with his car, murdering her, and afterward the president’s comments were lame. He said at the time:
‘(There were) very fine people on both sides.’
Then, there was 45’s obvious lack of response to Representative Steve King’s (R-IA) for his extended history and recent interview supporting white supremacy and white nationalism. The representative has also used “racially offensive language.” However, King claimed that he was not a racist.
In a recent tweet, Trump expressed his racism toward Native Americans:
‘Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!’
The House of Representatives changed its rules to allow Omar, as one of two first Muslims elected, the ability to wear her religious headscarf. Previously, the House banned any headwear on the floor.
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