Ilhan Omar Spreading Anti-Semitism in U.S. Congress
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So let me bring on Tyler O'Neil. He is the senior editor at PJ Media. He's an author, a conservative commentator. He's written for lots of publications, including The Christian Post, National Review, Washington Free Beacon, The Daily Signal, AEI Values, and Capitalism, and he has a book out. Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and we have him instead of Tucker Carlson tonight! Welcome, Tyler.
Tyler O'Neil: Glad to be here, Barry.
Barry Nussbaum: So today, let's discuss the most bigoted member of Congress in our opinion and the one that you called out in print a few days ago, writing about her in a terrific article. I'm referring, of course, to the infamous hater of Israel, hater of America, and hater of American things, Ilhan Omar.
So, let's start off with last week she said, "We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan and the Taliban.” She got terrific amounts of backlash, as she should have, and even Nancy Pelosi was called into it. She tried to clarify her remarks, which she really didn't. What do you think she meant? Just take the words for what she said instead of her goofball retraction, would you please?
Tyler O'Neil: Yeah. So, I think the delay in this retraction speaks volumes. And again, it isn't exactly a direct retraction, but she did very much say like, “Oh, I wasn't comparing the two." And it's like she clearly was nodding at the suggestion that there's this moral equivalence between Israel, America, Hamas, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.
And that's just beyond the pale, quite frankly, especially when you list Israel and Hamas together. The way that Israel has been trying really hard not to endanger civilians in the recent scuffle with Hamas. That pseudo war it almost was, and the way that Hamas had specifically been using civilians as human shields. You know, these are two different moral universes.
Ilhan Omar has shown over and over again talking about whether it's all about the Benjamins or some of her other notoriously anti-Semitic remarks and suggestions. She has been toying with the most common hatred that you see in the Middle East, which is anti-Semitism and there's this terrifying percentage if you look at it. The Anti-Defamation League has done a lot of studies on anti-Semitism in the Middle East.
I don't always follow the ADL and I don’t think they're entirely accurate on everything, but it stands to reason, given the way that many of the Muslims in that particular part of the world interact with Jews. Anti-Semitism is very rife there and Ilhan Omar comes from Somalia. That's not to say that, you know, all Somali Americans should be regarded with distrust. But in the case of Ilhan Omar, there's more than just the suggestion that she's taken a lot of the hatreds that are in her country with her when she came to the United States.
Barry Nussbaum: Well, before we get into too much of the words, what shocks me so much, Tyler, is the speaker of the House. The third most powerful politician in America is Nancy Pelosi. She's the leader of the majority party. She runs the House of Representatives. She literally did nothing to condemn these horrific words.
And in her last press conference the other day, she literally refused to answer the question about her. Her, being Ilhan Omar's inflammatory comments about Israel and just brushed it off. Did not want to answer it. Why is it that Nancy Pelosi cannot stand up to Ilhan Omar? What is she truly afraid of?
Tyler O'Neil: Well, it was very interesting. We saw shortly after the remarks, the most recent remarks. Pelosi followed after a group of Jewish Democrats who did condemn Omar. And then Pelosi and other Democratic leaders had this interesting, like pseudo condemnation where they're like, we are appalled, and we invite Ilhan Omar to clarify her remarks.
Pretty much giving her the benefit of the doubt, even while saying that they're condemning it. So that was a positive step. But then, as you noted, you know, as soon as this clarification came out, Pelosi stopped everything. She even defended Ilhan Omar specifically. And then, you know, she's been radio silent.
And this just goes to show how feckless a lot of the Democratic leadership is when it comes to calling out the extremes, the radicals on their fringe. And yes, these are becoming less and less fringe. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, and her squad, they're really dominating a lot of the conversation in the Democratic Party. This is politics for them.
Barry Nussbaum: Well, let's talk politics. You just touched on an interesting concept that Nancy Pelosi seems to always open the door for Ilhan Omar to run away from what she’s said repeatedly. So, here's the clarification. I want to read it to you that finally came out.
This is from Omar, "To be clear, the conversation was about accountability for specific incidents regarding the International Criminal Court cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the US and Israel. I was in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries, with well-established judicial systems.”
That was written by a PR flack, not by her. It was a perfect lie because the context of what she was saying had nothing to do with the ICC. It had to do with what a hateful organization the United States and Israel are, you know, just like the major terror groups of the world.
So why in the world can she issue a statement that you and I both know she didn't write? And number two, we both know she doesn't mean it. And everyone lets her get away with it and the subject gets dropped. Did she just lie again and there's no accountability?
Tyler O'Neil: Pretty much I think what you're looking at is a Democratic Party that is so focused on its Woke goals and its agenda that it's willing to overlook when there are, you know when incidents of hatred towards Jews shows show their heads. And I think this situation has happened again and again with squad members.
It was very fascinating to see when all of the Democrats ganged up on Marjorie Taylor Green and kicked her out of her committee assignments. I wouldn't defend what Marjorie Taylor Green said previously. Even she gave her half-hearted pushes, condemnations, denunciations of it.
But it was interesting to see them focus so much on her while at the same time you had remarks from the squad that essentially amounted to a blood libel against Israel. Where they were saying that and this was mind-bogglingly evil, the way that they did this. They blamed Israel for not giving the COVID-19 vaccine to the Palestinians, even though, you know, the way the political system has worked.
Israel had offered to give the COVID-19 vaccines and Hamas had said, “No.” And so here you had Democrats in Congress pushing this absurd lie. Essentially trying to blame Israel and saying that Israel was killing innocent people. In a situation where Israel was actually trying to help and Hamas was the one denying any aid, and yet they got away with that.
While Marjorie Taylor Green was, you know, crucified. And that's the kind of double standard on anti-Semitism that prevails in the Democratic Party.
Barry Nussbaum: Let's talk about that party for a second because here's something I don't get. And maybe you understand it because I'm dying to hear the answer to this one. There are 435 members of the House of Representatives and 220, more than half, obviously, are Democrats.
There are 35 Jewish members, but only 12 of the Jewish members condemned Omar's remarks. Only 12! They wrote a letter condemning her. And get this, the rest of the Congress, crickets. Nothing! In other words, the closest ally America has in that part of the world is Israel.
There's nobody else even on the list. Israel and the United States are called terror operations and the United States Congress Democrats and Republicans can't open their mouth and just cut this to ribbons? I don't get it. Why was nothing said?
Tyler O'Neil: Well, I think many of the Republicans thought that this was a Democratic- like the Democrats needed to get their house in order, and I think many of them did speak out against it, against the remarks, although they did not offer a similar letter. And I almost I wish that they had.
But the fact that there were crickets after this, you know, that there weren't more efforts and that you didn't have the sustained outcry that you had against Marjorie Taylor Green I think it is revealing, unfortunately. I think a lot of the Republicans in Congress knew that it was going to be a losing battle if they tried to bring an overall resolution, if they tried to kick her off of committees or if they tried to do something like that. I think there was enough outcry in at least our circles in conservative media and in some legacy media outlets.
And, so, the story did get some of the traction that it needed, but it hasn't gotten quite the traction that it deserves. And so that's another situation here where the complications on the ground in Congress may offer some explanation that we don't understand.
Barry Nussbaum: Well, there's another part I don't get, which is the press. The only interview I could find was Jake Tapper of CNN had her on. And he said to her, he gave her back her quotes, you know, anti-Semitic quote after anti-Semitic quote after anti-Israel comment.
And he asked her, “Do you regret these comments?” And she said, “I don't you know, I was trying to make certain points.” And then Tapper brought it up again and gave her quote after quote after quote and her goofball non-answer, non-responsibility statement was, “I welcome any time my colleagues have asked to have a conversation so I can learn from them.”
I don't even know what that means. Tapper didn't follow up and none of the other press did at all. Nobody's reporting this. Why?
Tyler O'Neil: Yeah. The thing that really shocked me was what she said after that, she said ‘to learn from them. For them to learn from me.’ And then she went on to say that ‘her members haven't been partners in this.’ And here's a direct quote, “They haven't been equally seeking justice around the world.”
And this is in this context, Ilhan Omar is specifically talking about the Israel/Palestine the Israel/Hamas situation. I think she is condemning her Jewish fellow Democrats for supporting Israel's right to defend itself against Hamas's right to abuse the situation. And she is actually, you know, she gets accosted with her own anti-Semitic remarks, refuses to condemn them, and then immediately attacks her Jewish fellow Democrats in the House.
I mean, this is beyond the pale kind of stuff. And I don't understand why it isn't getting more coverage. Why we don't see denunciations like we should be seeing. And when one turns to the Trump presidency, we would have seen if any Republican had made remarks like this, we would have seen all the legacy news outlets running condemnations of them.
They'd have the good old-fashioned, you know, the Republican sellout going on and saying, well, you know, I believe in Republicanism, but this was beyond the pale, yadda, yadda. And yet now we don't see Democrats coming out and saying, oh, I support a lot of what Ilhan Omar supports, but this is- how dare she say this? They need to be saying that and if you ask me, this is almost as bad as the original comment that she made.
Barry Nussbaum: Well said, Tyler, where can people find out about you if they want to know what you're doing?
Tyler O'Neil: Yeah. So, I write at PJ Media, I'm a senior editor there. You can find my book Making Hate Pay on Amazon. It's The corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Find me on Twitter: Tyler 2 the number two O'Neil.
Barry Nussbaum: Well thanks for coming on today Tyler and for those of you out there that haven't subscribed, I mentioned it earlier in the program. Please text TRUTH, T-R-U-T-H to the number 88202 to sign up for free. You'll get all of our content in the palm of your hand just for about five seconds of your precious time. For ATP Report. Thanks for joining us today. I'm Barry Nussbaum.