Ocasio-Cortez Slams Comment From CNN Republican Strategist

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(ConservativeHub.com) – Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York vocally criticized a CNN analyst for derogatory comments made about her colleague, Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. The analyst reportedly referred to Omar as a “public relations agent for Hamas.” Ocasio-Cortez expressed her dismay and shock at the tolerance of such “blatant Islamophobia,” questioning the lack of immediate counteraction in a message on X, formerly Twitter.

This rebuke came in response to statements made by Republican strategist Scott Jennings during an appearance on CNN’s “NewsNight.” Jennings had remarked, in reference to an earlier interview with Omar, that he was shocked that in 2024, “There is a public relations agent for Hamas sitting in the United States Congress,” which sparked considerable controversy and was perceived as an attack rooted in religious bias.

The backlash to Jennings’s comments extended beyond Ocasio-Cortez, drawing ire from other progressive representatives. These individuals took to X to express their condemnation and concern over the Islamophobic nature of Jennings’s assertions.

Representative Cori Bush of Missouri reflected on the historical context of such rhetoric, comparing it to the anti-Muslim sentiment prevalent during the George Bush era following the events of 9/11. Bush labeled Jennings’s comments as “disgusting” and urged for them to be actively challenged and not normalized, calling on CNN to denounce the Islamophobia represented in his statements.

Similarly, Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts highlighted the danger and inappropriateness of allowing such comments to be aired on prime-time television, emphasizing the necessity of rejecting and not normalizing such harmful rhetoric.

Representative Jamaal Bowman of New York also condemned Jennings’s remarks as “disgustingly racist and Islamophobic,” emphasizing the real-world consequences of such rhetoric in potentially inciting anti-Muslim hate crimes. Bowman called for a decisive response from CNN, suggesting that Jennings should not be invited back on the network.

The origin of the controversy was an interview in which Omar discussed the diplomatic efforts related to a cease-fire, saying that she didn’t think Israel had sent negotiators to Egypt for the discussions. She aimed to clarify that establishing a cease-fire is a complex process and not something that occurs “naturally.”

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