Dem Rep Defends Omar’s Tweets: ‘I Wouldn’t Take It as Anti-Semitism’

Washington Free Beacon | 2/11/2019 | Andrew Kugle
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BY: Andrew Kugle

Rep. Dan Kildee (D., Mich.) defended Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D., Minn.) Sunday night tweets criticizing Republican lawmakers for being bought by the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC.

Anti-Semitism - Kildee - CNN - New - Day

"I wouldn't take it as anti-Semitism," Kildee said on CNN's "New Day." "I would say that she probably objects to the fact that when it comes to issues around foreign policy, or comes to issue specifically to Israel, there are a lot of interests, a lot of folks who make campaign contributions based on a person's position on Israel."

On Sunday night, Omar linked to a tweet by Intercept journalist Glenn Greenwald, which criticized Republicans for calling out Omar and her fellow freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) for being anti-Israel. Omar wrote, "It's all about the Benjamins baby."

Forward - Opinion - Editor - Batya - Ungar-Sargon

Forward opinion editor Batya Ungar-Sargon responded to call out Omar for using an "anti-Semitic trope" and asked her who is "paying American politicians to be pro-Israel."

"AIPAC!" Omar responded.

Kildee - Omar - Suggestion - Republicans - Rhetoric

Kildee was asked to explain Omar's suggestion that Republicans who criticize her rhetoric have been bought by "Jewish money."

"People look at that and say ‘is there a member of Congress, a Democratic member of congress saying that somehow Jewish money is controlling thought?'" CNN host John Berman asked.

Comments - Something - Vernacular - Money - Kildee

"Well, I haven't seen those comments and obviously that's not something that I would agree with or associate myself with. I assume she's using the vernacular, saying it's just about money," Kildee said.

"There are people that look at that saying ‘that's the problem. What she's insinuating or implying directly is...
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