Rep. Omar Deletes Controversial Tweets

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I guess she doesn’t like those Tweets anymore?

So my question to Rep. Omar is are you sorry you got caught or have you changed your views?

I have my suspicions.  

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LaCorte News explains what happened:

Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar deleted the tweets that drew accusations of anti-Semitism, causing a political firestorm on both sides of the aisle.

Omar deleted a 2012 tweet, as well as two others, that read, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel #Gaza #Palestine #Israel.” This year, Omar sparked more outrage by accusing American Israel Public Affairs Committee of paying lawmakers to support Israel in a Twitter thread that no longer exists. Her remarks were met with harsh criticism with House Speaker Pelosi saying that Omar used  “anti-Semitic tropes.”

Omar’s statement: “Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole,” Omar stated. “We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.”

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Here's more on the story, from the Daily Caller:

Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar deleted tweets about Israel on Monday night that have sparked negative media attention and condemnation.

The oldest tweet she deleted, which was first reported by Jerry Dunleavy of the Washington Examiner, was posted in Nov. 2012, and it read, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel #Gaza #Palestine #Israel.”

At the time, the Israeli Defense Forces’ eight-day Operation Pillar of Defense, during which they were responding to rockets being fired into Israel.

Washington Examiner’s Jerry Dunleavy was the first to report the deletion.

Omar previously defended that tweet in an interview with Christiane Amanpour in January, saying, “What is really important to me is that people recognize that there is a difference between criticizing a military action by a government that has exercised really oppressive policies and being offensive or attacking to particular people of faith.”

She then stood by the comment once again in an interview days later on CNN, but later apologized for “unknowingly” using an anti-Semitic trope. 

Omar also deleted two tweets that received media backlash earlier this week in which she accused the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) of buying congressional support for Israel. 

Omar was widely rebuked by members of both parties for what Speaker Pelosi described as using “anti-Semitic tropes.” After the speaker issued her condemnation, she issued an apology on Twitter.

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