GOP Congressman Brings Forth Effort To Censure Ilhan Omar

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( – On Tuesday, May 7, Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., brought forward a resolution that would censure Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) over her comments about antisemitism and Jewish students. 

Back in April, Omar spoke with pro-Palestinian demonstrators at Columbia University where there have been large-scale demonstrations against Israel and its offensive in Gaza. At the time, she said that it was unfortunate how people did not care about how all Jewish children, whether “pro-genocide” or “anti-genocide,” needed to be kept safe.

Bacon argued that there should not be any tolerance for antisemitism against Jewish students. He proceeded to tell reporters that it was “unacceptable” to call Jewish Americans, who are Americans, “pro-genocide.” This was why he wanted to take a “bold stand” in this case against Omar’s statements. 

In his statement, Bacon argued that the comments made by the Democratic Representative regarding Jewish students showed how much she disregarded Jewish people in the United States and that she was perpetuating the increase in antisemitism within the country. The House of Representatives would need to take a strong stand in order to condemn the “divisive” remarks that Omar had made, according to him. He added that people needed to stop excusing her behavior, which he referred to as “egregious.” 

House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn., previously stated that Omar needed to be investigated by the House Ethics Committee following her comments regarding Somalia. In a January letter, he accused her of showing allegiance to Somalian interests. Emmer also slammed Omar over her comments at Columbia arguing that they were encouraging violence against students who were Jewish. 

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