But the debate over the resolution about the 37-year-old lawmaker from the midwestern state of Minnesota has evolved into questions into over whether the statement was needed at all, whether she as a Muslim, a distinct religious minority in the USA, was being unfairly singled out or whether her remarks about Israel needed to be disavowed since the House had already recently adopted a statement condemning anti-Semitism.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, a Muslim and a newcomer to Congress, already is causing controversy, with a series of anti-Semitic comments, her defense of al-Qaida, her explosions at reporters and her alignment with an extreme left faction in the Democratic Party. "The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party and anti-Jewish party".
She defended the resolution again and insisted it had no intention of "reducing the fight against anti-Semitism".
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) leaves the U.S. Senate chamber and walks back to the House of Representatives side of the Capitol with colleagues after watching the failure of both competing Republican and Democratic proposals to end the partial government shutdown in back to back votes on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 24, 2019. It seems that Democrats simply don't want to censure one of their own, and to avoid doing so they will do the same kind of mental pirouettes that Republicans perform to avoid condemning Trump. If Omar's moral compass tells her to advocate for terrorists and theocrats, she's free to do so. She ultimately apologized for using an anti-Semitic trope, but stood by her criticism. She sounded a lot like New York Times foreign policy expert Tom Friedman, who coincidentally grew up in Omar's district.
Around 60 Democrats boycotted the speech, saying it was an overreach by Speaker John Boehner, Netanyahu and Aipac - one also created to make it look as if Republicans were more pro-Israel than Democrats.
I, too, was upset by Omar's remarks.
Republicans, even those who voted for the resolution, criticized that it had been expanded to take the focus off anti-Semitism - and Omar.
In an interview published Friday with Politico magazine, Omar criticized Obama's policies on immigration and other issues that she said were similar to those employed by the Donald Trump administration. However, Omar is not here for it and reminded McCain of her father's undeniable racist past. 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. Because Omar has proven she is truly unapologetic for her anti-Semitic tropes, it should also be a no-brainer to remove her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which she clearly doesn't deserve to be on. But Pelosi and House Dems have been slow to respond to respond to Omar. This week, Democrats found one such straw man when the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Jim Jordan, spelled liberal donor Tom Steyer's name with a dollar sign in a tweet.