That fractious coven of freshman Democrats so beloved of the media — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib — have been patiently indulged by the leadership of their party. The obvious reason for putting up with the antics of these three involves the hope that they will help get out the millennial vote in 2020. But this trio of weird sisters is now stirring up such a bilious brew of dissension in their caucus and bad PR that prominent Democrats are starting to complain, particularly about the anti-Semitism of Omar and Tlaib.
The latest protests have come from Democrats who object to bigoted public remarks made last week at a “progressive” town hall. On Friday the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), called Rep. Omar to task after she made the following comment at the meeting: “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK to push for allegiance to a foreign country.” This is the second time Omar has been rebuked for anti-Semitism in less than a month, as Engel notes in his statement:
This episode is especially disappointing following so closely on another instance of Ms. Omar seeming to invoke an anti-Semitic stereotype. Her comments were outrageous and deeply hurtful, and I ask that she retract them, apologize, and commit to making her case on policy issues without resorting to attacks that have no place in the Foreign Affairs Committee or the House of Representatives.
Omar was joined by Tlaib at the town hall, whose moderator began the event by asking what “we as a community here can do to support you criticizing Israel for some of the war crimes that it has done so that it’s not seen as ‘you’re anti-Semitic’?” Tlaib, unrepentant after being criticized in January for tweeting her own version of the dual loyalty smear, glibly dismissed concerns about anti-Semitism: “This conversation and debate about human rights for everyone… is not centered around hate. It’s actually centered so much around love.”
That strange expression of “love” was again on display Sunday, when Omar doubled down on the “foreign allegiance” canard. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) echoed Engel’s call for Omar to retract her anti-Semitic remarks: “I urge her to retract this statement and engage in further dialogue with the Jewish community on why these comments are so hurtful.” Omar responded by lecturing Lowey — who has been a member of Congress since the Minnesota representative was 8-years-old — about how our form of government operates:
Our democracy is built on debate, Congresswoman! I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee. The people of the 5th elected me to serve their interest. I am sure we agree on that!
Lowey reacted to Omar’s smug ignorance by tweeting, “No member of Congress is asked to swear allegiance to another country. Throughout history, Jews have been accused of dual loyalty, leading to discrimination and violence.” But Omar and the other weird sisters are defiant anti-Semites — and that includes AOC. She revealed her bigotry during a PBS “Firing Line” interview when asked about Israel: “I also think that what people are starting to see, at least, in the occupation of Palestine is just an increasing crisis of humanitarian condition.”
This betrayed her stealth anti-Semitism and revealed a profound ignorance concerning the history of the Middle East. First, there has been no “occupation of Palestine” by the Israelis because there has never been a nation-state by that name. “Palestine” is nothing more than a label assigned to that region by the Romans after they crushed the last Jewish revolt against Imperial domination during the Second Century A.D. The claim that it is “occupied territory” is nothing more than standard anti-Semitic trope reflexively trotted out by the left.
Ocasio-Cortez is not merely a purveyor of such garbage, she defended Omar last month after the latter’s faux apology. She tweeted: “Rep. @IlhanMN demonstrated a capacity to acknowledge pain & apologize, use the opportunity to learn about history of anti-semitism + grow from it.” Omar’s latest remarks make it clear that she has learned nothing and cares even less about the pain her bigotry causes. Meanwhile, a group of Jewish organizations has called for her resignation from the Foreign Affairs Committee. The Washington Free Beacon reports:
A group of leading Jewish organizations petitioned the House of Representative’s top Democrats on Monday, demanding that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) be removed from her position on the powerful Foreign Affairs Committee in light of her numerous anti-Semitic remarks and ties to groups that advocate terrorism against Jewish people.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib now constitute a genuine liability for the Democrats. It’s possible that these creatures will help the party get out the millennial vote in 2020. But, if the Democrats allow this coven to stink up Congress for the next eighteen months with their disgusting brew of unrepentant anti-Semitism, it will drive a lot of voters into the arms of the Republicans or cause them to sit out the next election. If Nancy Pelosi wants to be Speaker of the House after 2020, she’ll banish these weird sisters to outer darkness.