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GOP lawmakers push to remove Rep. Omar from her committee assignments amid Dem push against Rep. Greene

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This story has been updated with a statement from Rep. Omar

Several House Republican lawmakers are pushing to strip Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, D-MN, of her committee assignments over her antisemitic statements, first reported by Fox News. This comes during a similar push from Democrats to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-GA, of her committee assignments over her previous endorsements of conspiracy theories, which includes an antisemitic post from 2018.

Omar is a member of the House Budget Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Her office responded to this reporter’s request for comment with the following statement:

“Let’s be clear: this is a desperate smear rooted in racism, misogyny, and Islamophobia. Marjorie Taylor Greene has incited violence against her fellow Members of Congress, repeatedly singling out prominent women of color. She actively encouraged the insurrection on the Capitol that threatened my life and the life of every Member of Congress, and resulted in multiple deaths. She ran a campaign ad holding an assault rifle next to my face. She came to the Capitol demanding that me and Rep. Tlaib swear in on the Christian bible instead of the Quran,” she said.

“The House Republican Caucus, instead of holding her accountable, is now fanning the flames. Republicans will do anything to distract from the fact that they have not only allowed but elevated members of their own caucus who encourage violence. It’s time to stop whitewashing the actions of the violent conspiracy theorists, who pose a direct and immediate threat to their fellow Members of Congress and our most fundamental democratic processes.”

As reported by The Dark Wire, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-CA, met with Greene Tuesday and called her past comments “deeply disturbing.” Reps. Brian Babin (R-TX), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Jody Hice (R-GA), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Ronny Jackson (R-TX) are all sponsors of the proposal.

Rep. Biggs slammed the House Democrats’ latest move as “blatant hypocrisy,” in a statement to The Dark Wire Investigation Foundation.

“House Democrats have embarked on a dangerous slope in attempting to punish a Republican Member of Congress for thoughts and opinions she shared as a private citizen before being sworn into office,” Biggs said.

He added, “holding Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green accountable for statements that she made before running for Congress, while not being willing to hold sitting Democrat Members of Congress accountable for their offensive and intemperate statements is another example of blatant hypocrisy by Congressional Democrats.”

“If Democrats proceed with their authoritarianism, Republicans should reciprocate by removing Democrat members who have violated the House rules of decorum and principles of American decency while serving in this body. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has shared anti-Semitic sentiments while serving in the House of Representatives, and she should be one of the first Members held to the standard that Democrats are setting this week,” Biggs said.

Omar has made a number of antisemitic statements while in office and is a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement that seeks to economically strangle Israel. The founder of BDS, Omar Barghouti, has said the movement’s mission is to destroy the Jewish State.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has been outspokenly against BDS, saying “it unfairly and inappropriately singles out Israel and creates a double standard that we do not apply to other countries.”

Omar also infamously said  “It’s all about the Benjamins baby” in response to McCarthy’s pledge to “take action” against Omar for criticizing Israel.

She also accused American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) of paying politicians for their support.

Omar later apologized.

Follow Jennie Taer on Twitter @JennieSTaer

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Boston Celtics Player Legally Changing Name to ‘Enes Kanter Freedom’ to Celebrate U.S. Citizenship

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Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is celebrating becoming a U.S. citizen in an incredible way. The 29-year-old athlete from Turkey is having his citizenship oath ceremony Monday, and will legally change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.

Kanter is an outspoken human rights advocate who had his Turkish passport revoked in 2017 after he criticized Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mediaite reports “he has also criticized NBA stars Michael Jordan and LeBron James for not doing enough to help the Black community and not speaking out against exploitative labor practices in China respectively.”

Celtics head coach Ime Udoka told the Boston Globe the team is “all for” the player’s name change. Kanter’s manager says the player will complete his legal name change to have Kanter become his middle name and Freedom be his new last name at Monday’s ceremony.

“We congratulated him as a group for getting his American citizenship last week,” Udoka said. “That’s who Enes is, we’re proud of him. Enes is who he is. He’s passionate about his stances and the name change; you look at [Ron] Artest [who changed his name to Metta Sandiford-Artest in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak] and guys that have done it in the past. It’s something he wants to express and we’re all for it.”

Kanter has already changed his official Twitter account to Enes Kanter FREEDOM with his new last name in all caps. Freedom made waves when he tweeted the following on November 18: Money over Morals for the ‘King’. Sad & disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice. They really do ‘shut up & dribble’ when Big Boss [inserted Chinese flag] says so. Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research?”

The tweet included photos of basketball shoes he wore painted with human rights depictions and phrases such as “hey still researching and getting educated?” as well as “I am informed and educated on the situation.”

The statement is with regard to his criticism of LeBron James’ partnership with Nike. “Nike remains one of the NBA’s biggest sponsors as both organizations feed off their partnerships with China” reports Mediaite. Kanter Freedom also made an offer to take Michael Jordan and Nike co-founder Phil Knight to China in order for the men to “visit these slave labor camps and you can see it with your own eyes.”

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