Omar criticizes McCarthy for reaffirming his vow to exclude him from committees
Somali-born Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN), known for her anti-Semitic sentiments, responded to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) ‘threat’ by vowing to kick him out of his committees when he becomes Speaker of the House. .
“From the moment I was elected, the Republican Party has made it its mission to use fear, xenophobia, Islamophobia and racism to target me on home soil and through millions of dollars worth of campaign ads,” she said in a lengthy statement after McCarthy renewed his “promise” to bar the congresswoman from committees.
McCarthy, whom House Republicans nominate House Speaker, first told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview last January that he would strip Omar of his assignment on the House Foreign Affairs Committee as well. as Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) from their assignments to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).
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The Republican leader renewed his commitment last weekend during an appearance on Fox News Sunday morning futures.
As the Hill noted that Omar has long been critical of Israel in addition to the county’s actions in the occupied Palestinian territories, which has earned him criticism from his own party.
“McCarthy’s efforts to repeatedly single me out for contempt and hatred, including threatening to remove me from my committee, do nothing to address the issues facing our constituents,” she added. “It does nothing to fight inflation, health care or solve the climate crisis.”
The MP continued:
Whether it’s Marjorie Taylor Greene holding a gun next to my head in campaign ads or Donald Trump threatening to “send me back” to my country (despite the fact that I’ve been a proud citizen of the United States for over 20 years ), this constant flow of hate has led to hundreds of death threats and credible plots against me and my family.
At the same time, they openly tolerated anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred and racism in their own party. Newly elected whip Tom Emmer said prominent Jewish Democrats “essentially bought control of Congress.” And McCarthy himself has accused Jewish Democrats of trying to “buy an election.”
Instead of doing anything to address the open hostility towards religious minorities in his party, McCarthy is now raising people like Marjorie Taylor Greene, Emmer and so many others. If he cared to deal with the rising hatred, he would apologize and make sure other members of his party apologized.
Omar claimed that the only thing McCarthy’s ‘threat’ does is ‘instill fear and hatred against Somali Americans and all who share my identity, and further divide us along racial and ethnic lines “.
“This is the continuation of a sustained campaign against Muslim and African voices, the people his party has been trying to ban since Donald Trump’s first candidacy,” she added.
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