House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just did it again.
For at least the second time this month, Pelosi refused on Thursday to answer a question about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) recent comments comparing the U.S. and Israel to the terrorist groups the Taliban and Hamas, Fox News reported.
According to Fox, Pelosi was asked about the subject during her weekly press conference. But Pelosi apparently waved the reporter off, saying, “Let’s stay with this.”
“[I’ll] answer that afterward,” she added. Pressed later by Fox News, Pelosi reportedly refused to comment on the matter yet again.
“Crimes against humanity”
Pelosi took a similar approach in mid-June, when Omar first put out a statement on Twitter that many viewed as controversial.
“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity,” Omar wrote on June 11. “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. I asked [Secretary of State Antony Blinken] where people are supposed to go for justice.”
Omar faced heavy flak in response, and she soon backed off, largely quieting her critics, at least for the moment.
The door’s not closed yet
But the issue was back in the headlines this week after Omar told CNN host Jake Tapper that she didn’t regret her initial statement.
“I don’t,” she told the CNN anchor during an interview on Tuesday, according to Breitbart. “I think it’s really important to think back to the point that I was trying to make. Obviously, I was addressing Secretary of State Blinken.”
The Minnesota congresswoman continued: “I think it’s really important for these [House] members to realize that they haven’t been partners in justice. […] They haven’t been engaging in seeking justice around the world, and I think I will continue to do that. It is important for me as someone who knows what it feels like to experience injustice in ways that many of my colleagues don’t.”
It was these comments that Pelosi was asked to respond to on Thursday, but she refused.
With that, it seems the issue is still open for another day.