The flare-up comes as Democrats desperately seek unity as they seek razor-thin majorities to move forward on infrastructure, tax law changes, universal preschool, and expanded access to community college. Threats to get such bills through Congress on the Republican opposition using budget rules that circumvent filibusters are only real when all Democrats are on board, and a public battle with Ms. Omar’s liberal wing could make efforts difficult.
In addition, Republicans eager to stir up outrage and portray Democrats as anti-Israel will jump on Ms. Omar’s language, especially after anti-Semitic comments by one of her own members, Georgia MP Marjorie Taylor Greene, on their recent comparisons of the Holocaust down to pandemic security policy has been condemned by its own leaders.
Democratic leaders had to ask Ms. Omar and other members of the progressive clique known as “the Cadre” to vote “no” last month for a $ 1.9 billion bill to fund Capitol security improvements to prevent the defeat of the measure after raising objections more money for the police. Ms. Omar seemed to allude to these requests in her combative tweet.
Californian spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi will need these votes to work with conservative Democrats like Joe Manchin III of West Virginia to pass a party bill that will be passed through the Senate on objections from the left wing.
This is not the first time Ms. Omar’s remarks about Israel have caused anger among other Democrats. In 2019, her Twitter comment that Washington’s support for Israel “was all about the Benjamin’s baby” sparked weeks of fighting that resulted in a House of Commons resolution condemning bigotry and anti-Semitism. The comments played in anti-Semitic tropes, which have their roots in the Middle Ages, when Jews were denied access to most professions and thus became moneylenders – a task that Christians would not undertake due to prohibitions on usury.
Republicans – and some Democrats – called for her to be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, but Democratic leaders refused.
Instead, Ms. Omar apologized. “Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful to Jewish allies and colleagues who enlightened me about the painful history of anti-Semitic tropics,” Ms. Omar said in a statement about an hour after Ms. Pelosi and the entire Democratic leadership publicly reprimanded her because she had engaged in “deeply offensive” anti-Semitic tropes.