Last week, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) once again sparked controversy with a comparison of “war crimes” committed by the U.S. and Israel with those of terrorist groups like Hamas and the Taliban, remarks that earned her a rebuke from Jewish Democrats and Democratic leadership, as well as prompting Omar to provide a “clarification.”
The congresswoman’s clarification was apparently insufficient for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who has called for Omar to be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee and vowed to remove her himself if Republicans regain control of Congress, Breitbart reported.
The GOP leader said that members with “antisemitic” and “anti-American” views, such as Omar, have no business serving on that particular committee — or any committees at all, for that matter.
If Pelosi won’t remove her
McCarthy’s remarks about the removal of Omar from the Foreign Affair Committee came during an appearance Tuesday on Fox & Friends, where he was asked about Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and others now rallying around Omar after she received some concerted pushback from Republican lawmakers.
“I think Nancy Pelosi should remove Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee,” McCarthy said. “This is an individual that has not once but on numerous occasions been antisemitic. Her own entire Congress had to rebuke her in the last one.”
“But she’s not just antisemitic, she’s anti-American now,” he continued. “She’s equating America to Taliban, to Hamas. She’s discrediting our greatest ally in the Middle East, Israel, the only democracy.”
McCarthy then noted that Democratic leaders like Pelosi have now walked back or even denied their prior “rebuke” of Omar, and wondered if Omar’s expressed views are now an acceptable message within the Democratic Party.
“I will promise you this,” the GOP leader added, “If we are fortunate enough to have the majority, Omar would not be serving on Foreign Affairs — or anybody that has an antisemitic, anti-American view. That is not productive, and that is not right.”
Republicans discuss Omar
As was noted by McCarthy in the interview, Politico reported that he has called upon Pelosi to remove Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee and vowed to see to it himself if Republicans regain control of the House in the upcoming midterm elections next year.
However, the House Republican leader did not go as far as perhaps some of his GOP colleagues would have liked and declined to push for a formal vote on the House floor to either censure Omar or force her removal from the committee.
The outlet noted that the issue of Omar’s antisemitic and anti-American remarks and what could be done in response was a topic of discussion at a Republican leadership meeting Monday and was expected to be raised during a House GOP Conference meeting on Tuesday.
According to House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) “all options” remain on the table, Politico reported.