House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) claimed the media was treating Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) badly for making several anti semitic comments. Clyburn defended Omar in an interview with The Hill this week. In fact, Clyburn said that Omar’s experience as a refugee was more empirical to the experiences of holocaust survivors.
“I’m serious about that. There are people who tell me, ‘Well, my parents are Holocaust survivors.’ ‘My parents did this.’ It’s more personal with her,” Clyburn told The Hill. “I’ve talked to her, and I can tell you she is living through a lot of pain.”
On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) caved in to the pressure. Pelosi said she didn’t believe the tweets were “intentionally anti-Semitic,” and that the House should add to the House resolution to condemn anti semitism. Additionally, Pelosi said she would add condemnation for any bias against blacks and Muslims to the resolution.
In a video on twitter, Omar addressed death threats she had received. “I know that as long as I breathe that I will continue to make people uncomfortable in the best way possible,” she said.
“I don’t ever want you to worry about me. I am fine. I know what my mission is. I know what my purpose is. I know that as long as I breathe that I will continue to make people uncomfortable in the best way possible” @IlhanMN is strong but we will NOT be silent #StandWithIlhan pic.twitter.com/x2oXdN4w5N
— Rasha (@RashaMK) March 5, 2019
President Trump chimed in Wednesday on twitter saying, “It is shameful that House Democrats won’t take a stronger stand against Anti-semitism in their conference. Anti-semitism has fueled atrocities throughout history and it’s inconceivable they will not act to condemn it!
It is shameful that House Democrats won’t take a stronger stand against Anti-Semitism in their conference. Anti-Semitism has fueled atrocities throughout history and it’s inconceivable they will not act to condemn it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2019