Dem lawmakers condemn Ilhan Omar for comparing US to terrorist groups

Twelve Democrat House Representatives published a statement Thursday in response to a recent tweet from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) that compared the U.S and Israel to the Taliban and Hamas. In the statement, her fellow colleagues “urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words.”

The statement is signed by Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL), Jake Auchincloss (D-MA), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Elaine Luria (D-VA), Kathy Manning (D-NC), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Dean Phillips (D-MN), Kim Schrier (D-WA), Brad Sherman (D-CA) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). They demand clarification on the tweet because it “at best discredits one’s intended argument and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice.”

Omar implied that the statement was all for show, tweeting that they could have just called her personally for clarification. Instead, she accused them of prejudice. “The islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable,” she wrote.

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