Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., left, talks with Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., center, and Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Mich., right, as they head to a group photo with the women of the 116th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
The Democratic Party’s descent into open anti-Semitism escalated Thursday morning as Democratic House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC), during an interview with The Hill, told the families of holocaust survivors to check their privilege before they criticize Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MI) for anti-Semitism.
“There are people who tell me, ‘Well, my parents are Holocaust survivors.’ ‘My parents did this.’ It’s more personal with her,” Clyburn said. “I’ve talked to her, and I can tell you she is living through a lot of pain.”
This follows Nancy Pelosi defending Omar by insinuating that she’s too ignorant to understand that she’s being anti-Semitic, despite the fact that her use of well-known anti-Semitic language has been going on for years and has only escalated since her election to Congress.
In 2012, she tweeted a prayer to Allah asking him to open the eyes of the world which she claims had been hypnotized by the Jewish state.
Last month, she said support for Israel was “all about the Benjamins baby.” This is the written version of the horrific images of Jewish men holding money which have been used to dehumanize Jewish people for the purpose of inciting violence against them in generations past.
A few weeks later, during a “Progressive town hall” in D.C., Omar said, “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is O.K. to push for allegiance to a foreign country.” The dual loyalty charge is another favorite of Jew-haters throughout history.
Clyburn and Pelosi aren’t the only ones helping Omar mainstream anti-Semitism among leftists. Andrew Gillum, the Democrats’ 2018 gubernatorial nominee in Florida, claimed that Omar’s comments were “appropriate” and “legitimate.”
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said he isn’t scared by anti-Semites in Congress and on the House Foreign Affairs Committee but he is afraid of a few alt-right nobodies.
Presidential candidates and Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Bernie Sanders (D-VT) claim that Omar was merely criticizing the Jewish state and not the Jewish people. Ben Shapiro at The Daily Wireaddresses this sleight of hand.
This is a nefarious, evil trick. Anti-Israel commentators have for years stated that their commentary isn’t automatically anti-Semitic. They’re right – although calling for the destruction of the state of Israel or holding Israel to a double standard compared to other countries surely is. But now those same anti-Israel commentators are themselves conflating anti-Semitism with anti-Israel commentary. They’re stuffing open anti-Semitism into the anti-Israel box, then stating that those who criticize anti-Semitism are actually performing that conflation. If critics of Israel ever wonder why so many Israel supporters seem suspicious of their motives with regard to Jews, it’s because this trick has become so common.
The U.S.’ most prominent anti-Semite, Louis Farrakhan, called Omar a “sweetheart” and told her she has “nothing to apologize for.” Farrakhan’s most recent Jew-hating outburst included calling Jewish people “termites.”
Holocaust denier and former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke said on Twitter that Omar’s defiance of the Zionist Occupation Government (ZOG) makes her the most important member of Congress. The ZOG is a conspiracy theory postulating that Jews clandestinely control governments all around the world.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who invited a pro-Hezbollah activist who publicly advocates for the destruction of Israel to her private swearing in ceremony, defended Omar by categorizing criticism of her as Islamophobic. This defense in itself is denigrating of Muslims. By saying that criticism of anti-Semitism is Islamophobic, Tlaib accuses all Muslims of being anti-Semites. Notably, Tlaib and Omar will be speaking at the upcoming fundraiser banquet of an organization which was listed by the US Department of Justice as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing case in history.
When Omar was elected to Congress last November, it was clear the Democratic party could no longer ignore the blatant anti-Semitism on the rise among progressives. It would have to either thoroughly rebuke it or embrace it. It appears they’re choosing the latter.