Conservatives are fuming after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) refused to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over a Sunday night tweet widely interpreted as anti-Semitic, followed by a criticism of pro-Israel money in US politics. Omar issued a Monday apology, which many have compared to Rep. Steve King (R-IA) - who apologized in January over controversial remarks, yet was stripped of his committee assignments after Congressional Democrats demanded his removal.
President Trump on Tuesday said to White House reporters of Omar: "I think she should either resign from congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee."
Trump added that her apology was "lame."
“What Congresswoman Omar said is so deep rooted in her heart, that her lame apology wasn’t appropriate. She should resign from Congress.”— JUST ➖ E 🤦♂️ (@marva_dale) February 12, 2019
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While some have defended Rep. Omar's right to criticize Israeli money in US politics, and others have called for her to be stripped of her committee assignment, many conservatives have noted a double-standard among Democrats, who just last month called for Rep. Steve King's head after he asked in a New York Times interview when the phrases "White nationalist, white supremacist" and "western civilization" became offensive. King apologized and said he was misquoted, yet was still removed from his committee assignments by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Glad the Speaker broke her silence, but that apology won't do. Rep. Omar should be stripped of her committee assignments, including @HouseForeign, & HRes72 should be voted on. Rep. S King apologized as well. Was still stripped of assignments & HRes41 passed nearly unanimously. https://t.co/MFCEpuTRf3— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) February 11, 2019
Good that some Dems have condemned the disgraceful anti-Semitic remarks of Rep. Omar—but their words are empty unless Dem leaders remove her from the Foreign Affairs Committee. No one with her anti-Semitic views should be allowed to represent US foreign policy on that committee.— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) February 11, 2019
Steve King was stripped of his committees and Rep. Omar is still on House Foreign Affairs?? Hello @SpeakerPelosi? @IWV— Heather R. Higgins (@TheHRH) February 12, 2019
Ilhan Omar Apologizes for Statements Condemned as Anti-Semitic https://t.co/BRrEcskqnq
Democrat Ilhan Omar has called Israel “evil,” compared Israel to Iran, continues to push anti-Semitic tropes, and supports the anti-Semitic BDS movement to boycott Israel.— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) February 11, 2019
Nancy Pelosi was wrong to elevate her to the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Now Pelosi should remove her.
When asked if she's worried, Omar said "Absolutely not."
When questioned this evening on whether she was worried about losing “committee assignments” over her anti-Semitic tweets, Rep. Ilhan Omar said, “Absolutely not.” pic.twitter.com/4juYghwtCg— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) February 12, 2019
King, meanwhile is fighting to get his committee assignments back - releasing a letter Tuesday from over 200 "pro-family leaders" to McCarthy, who slammed the House Minority Leader for believing "a liberal news organization famous for their bias," over a member of Congress who they say has served his constituents in Iowa "honorably" for the last 16 years.
"Don’t make the fatal mistake of turning the reins of the U.S. Congress over to the liberal media, allowing them to target, misquote, and falsely brand any member of Congress they wish to remove," King's letter, dated Feb 5, reads.
200 pro-family leaders wrote @GOPLeader McCarthy asking him “to do the right thing” & reinstate my committees. They know when the “outrageous misquote” of a biased & liberal NYTimes takes free rein to “falsely brand” Republicans, no conservative is safe . https://t.co/JCOQdrSs2D— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) February 12, 2019
The letter calls on McCarthy to apologize, and includes signatures from former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy and evangelical leader James Dobson.
"I reject white nationalism. I reject white supremacy. It's not part of any of my ideology. I reject anyone who carries that ideology," said King in an apology, adding that he had been misquoted.