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Hypocrisy and Representative Omar

Robert Franklin

Posted on March 6, 2019 10:23

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Rep. Omar (D-MN) has demonstrated that in the United States, criticism of the U.S.-Israel relationship is one of the few topics both Republicans and Democrats can address in a bipartisan way. Unfortunately, they come together to crucify the person criticizing the relationship, even if some in the mob have expressed anti-Semitism themselves.

It's been a wild few weeks for Ilhan Omar. Her comments regarding the relationship between the United States and Israel have become a flashpoint for both conservative and liberal ire, even prompting House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to consider proposing censure of the Congresswoman as a course of action. House Democrats aren't going that far, but are expected to vote Thursday on a resolution that publicly rebukes Omar's criticism.

Yet nobody in the House, especially those calling Omar's comments "anti-Semitic," see the big, fat, anti-Semitic elephant in the room.

Just because one criticizes the generally pathological, even politically limerent, relationship between the United States and Israel, does not mean one is engaging in anti-Semitism. However, if one were to, say, tap into anti-Semitic tropes in an attempt to secure votes, a case can be made.

After all, didn't McCarthy do just that during the 2018 mid-terms when he tweeted "We cannot allow Soros, Steyer, and Bloomberg to BUY this election! Get out and vote Republican November 6th. #MAGA *American flag emoji*" along side an imposing picture of George Soros?

It's not like McCarthy's now-deleted tweet is an isolated incident, either. These days, it seems like an unfounded, irrational hatred of George Soros, Tom Steyer, and Michael Bloomberg is a requirement to be an American conservative. House and Senate Republicans, political advertisers, conservative media personalities, tens of millions of people, and even the current President, rail on about Soros, Steyer, and Bloomberg buying elections and actively trying to destroy the United States.

It's all nonsense, but it's pervasive.

But if criticism of the relationship between the United States and Israel is grounds for at least a formal rebuke, if not censure (as some Republicans seem to think it is), then why was no action taken against McCarthy?

On March 3, Jim Jordan, in response to Jerry Nadler stating he believes President Trump obstructed justice, tweeted: "... Nadler feeling the heat big time. Jumps to Tom $teyer's conclusion--impeaching our President--before first document request. What a Kangaroo court."

Writing Tom Steyer's name with a "$" instead of an "S" also plays into ancient anti-Semitic tropes. However, as of this writing, there is no effort by the House to formally take action against Jordan.

These are just two instances of Republicans engaging in anti-Semitic rhetoric, but there are many, many more. Interestingly, these are the same people who are advocating Omar be censured for her criticism of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

It's disturbingly hypocritical, but it stands because McCarthy, Jordan, and others in conservative government and media, despite engaging in anti-Semitism, openly support Israel politically. That's the difference. Omar has openly criticized the nature of the U.S.-Israel relationship, which has historically been a huge faux pas, as perfectly expressed by Rep. Juan Vargas: " ... questioning support for the U.S.-Israel relationship is unacceptable..."

In the United States, Israel is beyond reproach.

I, and many others, including Ilhan Omar, find that unacceptable.

Robert Franklin

Posted on March 6, 2019 10:23

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