Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) slammed a group of Democrats who criticized her recent remarks in which she appeared to place the U.S. in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban.
The pushback: 12 Democratic members of the House of Representatives released a statement on Wednesday condemning Omar after she seemingly likened the United States and Israel to the Taliban and Hamas.
Some of the lawmakers that have signed the statement included Reps. Brad Sherman (D-CA), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Jake Auchincloss (D-MA), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), and Ted Deutch (D-FL).
What they said: “Equating the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban is as offensive as it is misguided,” the group said.
“Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that engage in terrorism at best discredits one’s intended argument and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice,” the group continued.
“The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups. We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the US and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban,” the lawmakers said.
Omar’s response: The Minnesota Democrat called her fellow House Democrats’ reaction “shameful” and accused them of using “Islamophobic tropes” in their statement.
“It’s shameful for colleagues who call me when they need my support to now put out a statement asking for ‘clarification’ and not just call,” she said. “The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable.”
“Citing an open case against Israel, US, Hamas & Taliban in the ICC isn’t comparison or from ‘deeply seated prejudice’. You might try to undermine these investigations or deny justice to their victims but history has thought us that the truth can’t be hidden or silenced forever,” Omar added.
How we got here: Omar said during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Monday that the U.S. has committed “unthinkable atrocities,” like Israel, the Taliban, and Hamas. She made the comment while asking questioning Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Omar later shared a clip of their exchange and tweeted: “We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.”
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