In response to accusations of anti-Semitism on the left due to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent comments, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi strongly denied the claim, stating that Democrats don’t even have a “taint” of anti-Semitism in their party.
Watch the exchnage during a recent CNN interview:
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To put things in perspective, after Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) made her controversial comments about the “evil” and “hypnotic” influence of Israel, the undue influence of the Jewish lobbyists in D.C., (“it’s all about the Benjamins”), and the dual loyalty of American Jews, Democrats seemed all but ready to censure her by name from the floor of the House. However, and predictably, that never happened. Nancy Pelosi proved too weak.
Now, since time has passed, Nancy is attempting to convince us all that there is not a single shred of anti-Semitism coming from anyone on the left.
NEW: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says Democrats do not have a "taint" of anti-Semitism in the party. She says Trump is wrong to make such accusations. Pelosi still has not fully addressed Rep. @Ilhan Omar's anti-Semitic comments. https://t.co/v2q9Sy2aoT via @DailyCaller
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According to CNN:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the President is “bankrupt of any ideas” whenever he accuses the Democratic Party of pushing an anti-Semitic agenda and flatly denied the party was growing more hostile to Jews.
“We have no taint of that in the Democratic Party, and just because they want to accuse somebody of that doesn’t mean … that we take that bait,” Pelosi said Tuesday in a wide-ranging interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in Dublin, Ireland.Pelosi is currently leading a congressional delegation on a trip that has so far taken them to US European and Africa military commands based in Stuttgart, Germany. They’ve also stopped in London to meet with government leaders and civil society leaders, and they will also visit Northern Ireland.Her comments come after Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar — one of the first two Muslim women members of Congress — made controversial comments this year about US support for Israel, igniting an emotionally charged debate among Democrats that Republicans have framed as a growing wave of anti-Semitism.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continued her defense of freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar in an interview Tuesday, insisting there is no “taint” of anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party.
“I don’t think that the congresswoman is anti-Semitic. I wouldn’t even put those in the same category,” Pelosi said during an interview with CNN in Dublin, Ireland.
She then spoke about the Democratic Party as a whole, denying anti-Semitism plays any role in the party.
“We have no taint of that in the Democratic Party,” she said in the interview.
“Just because they want to accuse somebody of that doesn’t mean that we take that bait.” she added.
Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, has made two controversial statements about Israel since she was elected to Congress, including saying the AIPAC lobby was “all about the Benjamins” and that supporters of Israel have to pledge allegiance to the country.
While Pelosi continues to deny it, just last week, a video of Omar that showed her describing the 9/11 terrorist attack as “some people did something,” surfaced online, causing a widespread backlash and uproar on both sides, and even to the point where some Democrats began refunding and refusing her campaign donations.
Conservatives harshly criticized her, including President Trump, who tweeted a video overlaying her comments with footage of the 9/11 attacks.