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BY: David Rutz
Rep. Lou Correa (D., Calif.) offered a halting defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D., Minn.) latest anti-Semitism controversy, saying Tuesday it's up to her to decide "if her constituents feel that this is what they want out of her."
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CNN's Alisyn Camerota recapped Omar's string of tweets and comments that have sparked an uproar since she entered office, including a tweet saying pro-Israel lawmakers are paid off by AIPAC and recently saying she's concerned about the political influence in the United States forcing "allegiance to a foreign country." Both remarks, in addition to past comments and her pro-BDS stance, have angered some of her fellow Democrats and led to calls from Republicans and Jewish organizations to remove her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Asked by Camerota if he considered Omar's remarks last week to be anti-Semitic, Correa demurred.
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"I can't speak for my colleague," Correa said. "She's elected by her own constituents. She has to respond to them. I respond to my constituents. My perspective is I fundraise, I do my job. I'm accountable to my constituents. I represent my constituents, and so people have different opinions as to what's going on. That's my opinion."
"I understand," Camerota said, interrupting. "But is it your opinion that those comments are offensive?"
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"I wouldn't have made those comments, OK? I don't speak in that tone," Correa...
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