Progressive groups have swept Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic comments under the rug: Reports

March 14, 2019

Progressive groups have swept Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic comments under the rug: Reports

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has garnered national attention in recent weeks over remarks that many called anti-Semitic, comments which prompted a controversial and ineffectual House resolution that failed to condemn Omar’s statements or call out anti-Semitism directly. But at least two groups that have stood behind Omar aren’t complaining.

Prominent in applauding the House resolution that omitted a direct condemnation of Omar were the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), two groups that have made it clear that they don’t see any problem with Omar or her allegedly anti-Semitic attitude.

Terror-linked group defends Omar

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, is ostensibly a nonprofit Muslim civil advocacy group. But a federal judge said in a 2009 ruling that there’s no doubt CAIR is part of a Hamas-support network that seeks to destroy Israel.

“The government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations of CAIR [and other groups]…with Hamas,” U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Solis wrote. He added that there is “at least a prima facie case as to CAIR’s involvement in a conspiracy to support Hamas.”

The FBI cut off relations with CAIR in 2008, saying that the group is not “an appropriate liaison partner.”

All about the Benjamins

It was with vain glory that CAIR “welcome[d] changes to the [House] resolution” last week, taking it as a sign that its years of lobbying are finally paying off with the current Democratic Party.

“All Americans should support statements denouncing anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other forms of bigotry,” a press release from CAIR reads. “Unfortunately, this resolution was introduced to silence legitimate criticism of domestic support for the discriminatory and segregationist policies of a foreign government that receives billions of American taxpayer dollars.”

Exactly what “legitimate criticism” from Omar the terror-linked group is referring to in their statement is unclear. The freshman congresswoman first came under fire last month for invoking an offensive Jewish stereotype to suggest that members of Congress who support Israel are in it for the money.

“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” Omar tweeted in February. Omar was criticized weeks later for comments she made suggesting that Israeli-Americans aren’t fully loyal to the United States.

But this is far from the first time CAIR has expressed its support of Omar. Not only has the congresswoman previously participated in CAIR fundraisers, but she is also scheduled to help with more in the future, including one in Florida at the end of this month.

The Minnesota Democrat is set appear alongside Florida’s CAIR chief executive Hassan Shibly, who has personally praised Omar for “expanding the overdue conversation on why [the U.S.] has enabled Israel to commit massive crimes against Palestinian civilians.”

Anti-Semitism A-OK?

While it seems incredulous that any organization could stand behind Omar given her recent remarks, it isn’t just CAIR that maintains its support for the 37-year-old representative. Another major player in getting House resolution condemning Omar watered down was the Congressional Black Caucus, which, like CAIR, has its own sordid background.

Most notably, the CBC is connected to Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who has referred to Jews as “termites” and to former German dictator Adolph Hitler as a “very great man.”

Moreover, the CBC’s chairman, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), played a huge role in getting the recent House resolution passed. Richmond reportedly urged his colleagues to get on board and even co-sponsored the legislation himself.

Indeed, more and more it seems that the Democrats and the groups that support them are willing to overlook anti-Semitism when it comes out of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s mouth. The freshman congresswoman may have begun her political career attempting to expose injustices on Capitol Hill, but all she’s really exposed is that liberals are more than happy to sweep anti-Semitic hate speech under the rug — as long as it comes from their side of the political aisle.


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Robert Ayers

Robert Ayers is a writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University and a JD from the University of Connecticut.