Conservative commentators continue to flail in service of their agenda across the United States’ airwaves. After Meghan McCain turned a discussion of the recent attack on a Jewish synagogue in California into a criticism of Minnesota Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, she responded bluntly to the prominent voice on Twitter, sharing simply:
‘Oh, bless her heart!’
Oh, bless her heart! https://t.co/ynlQEes8d4
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 29, 2019
McCain had used a discussion on ABC’s This Week to attack Omar, dredging up past complaints about supposed anti-Semitism on the Congresswoman’s part. Omar has been criticized for having suggested that some in the United States maintained “dual loyalty” driven by financial incentives from domestic interests in support of Israel. Some claimed that resuscitated old anti-Semitic tropes of Jews peddling a global conspiracy to take control of positions of power; Omar apologized for venturing into that territory.
That apparently wasn’t enough for McCain, who found it fitting to equate the Congresswoman with the California synagogue shooter all the same. She told host George Stephanopoulos:
‘I do think when we are having conversations about anti-Semitism we should be looking at the most extreme on both sides, and I would bring up Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and some of her comments that got so much attention… When you are talking about rhetoric and you want to talk about President Trump, and by the way, I agree he needs to have his feet held to the fire as well, but we are talking about it on both sides of the aisle as well.’
Ah, the trusty old “both sides” argument! It’s ironic that McCain holds herself out as an opponent of Trumpism while simultaneously using the very argument that earned him such enduring criticism as an apparent out escaping having to directly confront white nationalists with condemnation. The argument of “very fine people” on both sides of white nationalist-driven violence shot back to the front of the national conversation recently via former Vice President Joe Biden pointing to the situation in his video formally announcing his Democratic presidential candidacy. Apparently McCain was taking the wrong kind of notes.
She’s not the first Republican to jump to dramatic extremes to slam Omar. President Donald Trump himself did so after commentary surfaced in which the Congresswoman sought to distance Islam at-large from the 9/11 terror attacks. Trump tweeted a video alternating between those comments and footage from the attacks, drumming up hate for the Muslim Congresswoman that culminated in an increase in death threats.
Check out Twitter’s response to Omar taking on the latest conservative attack…
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