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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.

Jews made seventh in a list of victims of “hateful expressions of intolerance.” The very group for which this resolution came about ranked seventh in that very same resolution.

Naturally, there was some confusion. The point was to condemn anti-Semitism specifically because a member of Congress made anti-Semitic statements, was it not?

While the resolution was widely passed in the House, some GOPers voted “no” because of the failure of the resolution to wholly address the core issue: Omar’s comments.

Freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in part, “Where’s the outrage over the 23 GOP members who voted NO on a resolution condemning bigotry today?”

But is this not what Republicans wanted in the first place? To condemn bigotry — a very specific form of bigotry?

The gas-lighting continues.

Some are denying that anti-Semitism was even at play. People like 2020 contender and Senator Elizabeth Warren claim that Omar’s comments were merely a criticism of foreign policy rather than an invoking of anti-Semitic tropes.

Now, not only are those who wanted a full condemnation of Omar’s comments the real bigots, they are entirely mistaken. Omar did not use anti-Semitic language. Her comments did not garner the praise of former KKK leader David Duke.

No, you bigots. None of that happened.

And if it did, well, she didn’t know better.

Of course, none of this is to say that the right is innocent. No one has made that claim.

But is it really that hard to condemn anti-Semitism?

Liana I.
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Liana is a follower of Christ and current communications student at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She enjoys writing, reading, and serving others.

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