Rep. Omar's Twitter Trouble📱

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Rookie mistake

On Sunday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) spurred condemnation from both sides of the aisle for her tweet, insinuating that U.S. support for Israel is driven by financial support from Jewish groups, such as the American Israel Public Affair Committee (AIPAC). Omar apologized Monday afternoon after receiving criticism from prominent Democrats.

Who is Ilhan Omar?

Ilhan Omar is the newly elected U.S. Representative or Minnesota’s 5th Congressional district. She joins Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) as one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar was born in Somalia, but was forced to flee in 1991 during the Somali Civil War. She eventually received asylum in the U.S. and became a citizen in 2000.


LEANING LEFT:

Washington Post: Democrats rebuke one of their own

Huffington Post: Rep. Ilhan Omar ‘unequivocally’ apologizes for Tweets Dem leaders called anti-Semitic

The left pushes the idea that Democrats do a better job of calling out one of their own than Republicans. They argue that Democratic leadership dealt Omar a “swift rebuke,” citing Rep. Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Schumer (D-NY)'s criticism of Omar's tweet as anti-Semitic and their calls for her to apologize. The left also generalizes that, compared to Republicans, Democrats respond better in situations like these, thanks to Democrats' more diverse lawmaking contingent and support base.

LEANING RIGHT:

Washington Examiner: We already know Ilhan Omar is an anti-Semite. The question is, do Democrats care?

Fox News: Democrats allowing Ilhan Omar's anti-Semitic rhetoric to be standard-bearer for the party

The right aims to portray anti-Semitism as a systemic issue among the Democratic party. As evidence, this side claims that Omar and fellow freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) have a history of anti-Semitic statements, citing a 2012 tweet by Omar that criticizes Israel. Furthermore, they argue Omar hails from a district that voted for “anti-Semite Keith Ellison” for 12 years. The right also cites Pew data showing the increased divide between Republicans and Democrats, regarding support for Israel.


Oops, Omar did it again?

This isn’t the first time Omar has garnered attention for one of her tweets – she has been criticized for being anti-Semitic before. As support for Israel among liberals wanes, it will be interesting to see how the Democratic party navigates this topic, in light of having many prominent Jewish donors.

Think before you tweet, guys

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