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Freshman congresswoman Ilhan Omar has dominated the news cycle for the last several weeks for a string of anti-Semitic comments. After calls for House leadership to condemn her comments, a response came on Thursday.
Just not in the way most intended. Not even some Democrats.
Yesterday, the House orchestrated a measure to condemn all forms of hatred and bigotry, effectively sweeping Omar’s comments under the rug while dragging Republicans through the mud for questioning the integrity of the resolution.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, bullied into compliance by rising voices on the far left, called the controversy surrounding Omar’s comments “an opportunity” to push back against hate in all its forms.
She did not, however, take the opportunity to specifically condemn those hateful comments.
The issue with Pelosi’s collapse to party pressure is not based in Republican bigotry. Republicans are not upset because they hope to spout off hate-filled rhetoric. The issue is with the Democrats’ whitewashing of Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes.
The issue lies in the left — specifically the far left — and their need to cloak anti-Semitism in excuses like “she didn’t mean it” or “all hate speech is bad.”
Or, worst of all, to pretend that it’s not even there.
Speaker Pelosi stated earlier that she believed Omar’s comments (ranging from “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby” to pledging “allegiance” to a foreign country — Israel) were not motivated by anti-Semitic feelings, but rather they were made out of pure ignorance.
Rather than asking the congresswoman to own up to her problematic speech, members of Congress have, as the Washington Examiner so perfectly put it, infantilized her.
By both her colleagues and the media, Omar has been painted as someone who simply does not know better. They insinuate that she is too incompetent to understand the weight of her comments. Oh, and she must be protected from the criticism.
How very feminist of them.
But Speaker Pelosi and her cohorts took this further. Omar’s anti-Semitism could not alone be condemned. No, in order to protect Omar and the rising far-left wing of the Democratic Party, the once-agreed upon resolution to condemn her comments specifically was diluted. A condemnation of anti-Semitism was thrown into a resolution that denounced hate in every form.