Ilhan Omar Scrambles to Clean Up Latest Political Mess
Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN) on Thursday tried to clarify her remark remarks where she compared the United States and Israel to Hamas terrorists after being called out by a dozen Jewish House Democrats.
Omar released a new statement looking to clarify a statement she made Monday after she already tried to defend the initial comment made.
She said, “On Monday, I asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken about an ongoing International Criminal Court Investigation.”
Omar wanted to further clarify by adding, “the conversation, was about accountability for specific incidents regarding those ICC cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel,” she noted, “I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.”
On Wednesday, a coalition of a dozen Jewish House Democrats called out Omar for her remarks. The group said, “Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided.”
Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that engage in terrorism at best discredits one’s intended argument and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice.
The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups. We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the U.S. and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban.
Omar’s original remarks, which she posted on Twitter, were of her questioning of Blinken during a hearing Monday.
Breitbart News reported on Omar’s original remarks.