1. Anti-Semitic attack on Israel by Ilhan Omar
Ilhan Omar has a long and unsettling history of anti-Semitic remarks and attacks on the state of Israel. In 2012, she tweeted out that “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel”. When asked to clarify her comments, Omar claimed she did not understand why this would be offensive to Jewish Americans.
2. Ilhan Omar promoting (more) anti-Semitic conspiracy theories
After receiving intense scrutiny for previous anti-Semitic comments, Omar went even further and smeared Jewish Americans as having dual-loyalty to Israel, a common trope used by anti-Semites all over the world. She tweeted out that American support for Israel was "all about the Benjamins ($100 bills)", using another anti-Semitic trope that Jewish Americans and Israelis are buying support for our democratic ally. Accusing Jewish Americans of “pushing allegiance to a foreign country” is a vile way of delegitimizing their participation in the political process. When asked if she regrets these statements, she explicitly responded “I do not.”
3. Rashida Tlaib’s “calming feeling” about the Holocaust
In a radio interview, Rep. Rashida Tlaib stated “There’s a kind of a calming feeling, I always tell folks, when I think of the Holocaust”. She went on to explain this was due to her Palestinian ancestor's involvement in creating a “safe haven for Jews” after the Holocaust. Not only is this comment highly insensitive, but it is a flat out lie, as historians will point out that Palestinians worked with the Nazis during the Holocaust, and have actively resisted Jewish immigration before, during, and after World War II.
4. Maxine Waters encouraging harassment of government officials
“If you see anybody from that (Trump) Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere,” Waters screamed to a group of supporters. This came shortly after a dangerous situation when members of Trump’s cabinet were confronted and forced out of a restaurant by an angry mob. It is difficult to see how confronting and mobbing government officials in the streets could lead to civil and peaceful discussions.
5. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accusing Ted Cruz of attempted murder
Ocasio-Cortez claimed, without evidence, that Senator Ted Cruz “almost had [her] murdered” during the riot that broke out at the Capitol building. Such a baseless accusation against another member of Congress not only advances disparaging conspiracy theories but also contributes to the heightened political rhetoric driving the divide in our country.