Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has for months said that he will remove Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar along with California Democrats Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from their committee assignments.
Fox News reported that McCarthy made good on his pledge this week, with the House voting to kick Omar off the House Foreign Affairs Committee. That has the congresswoman and her supporters crying racism.
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“I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa,” Fox News quoted Omar as saying ahead of Thursday’s vote.
“Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?” she demanded.
Omar was not alone in raising the specter of racism, as New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did so as well.
“There is nothing consistent with the Republican Party’s continued attack, except for the racism and incitement of violence against women of color in this body,” she declared.
Omar has been long accused of antisemitism
Fellow New York Democrat Rep. Gregory Meeks made a similar claim, saying, “Why is this member being targeted today?”
“Could it be the way that she looks? Could it be her religious practices? Because it’s clear if she were on the other side of the aisle, we would not be having this debate today,” Meeks insisted.
However, Republicans responded by pointing to Omar’s history of making antisemitic comments, such in 2012 when she tweeted that “Israel has hypnotized the world.”
Omar also put out a tweet last year in which she equated the United States and Israel with terror groups the Taliban and Hamas.
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We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.
We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.
I asked @SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice. pic.twitter.com/tUtxW5cIow
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) June 7, 2021
What’s more, footage emerged in 2019 of Omar giving a speech to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in which she dismissed the 9/11 attacks as “some people did something.”
Fox News quoted New York Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis as saying that had heard Omar “spew anti-American rhetoric.” Malliotakis added, “I’ve been in that committee room where the representative equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”
Democrats made headlines in 2021 when they voted to strip Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar, accusing the pair of promoting violence and conspiracy theories.