Thousands of protesters rallied against Rep. Ilhan Omar and we’re heard yelling “go back to your country!
The protest outside the Hilton Woodland Hills, where CAIR California held its fourth annual Valley Banquet, called “Advancing Justice, Empowering Valley Muslims,” prompted the Los Angeles Police Department to close several blocks of Canoga Avenue.
Waving American and Israeli flags, protesters wore “Make American Great Again” caps and yellow Stars of David with the word “Jude” on them. Some of their signs read “Remove Hate From Our House,” “Your Hate Makes Us Stronger,” “This Is How It Started in Germany,” “No Sharia Law in America,” and “Ilhan Omar Is a Pile of Human Waste”.
Omar retweeted a post from reporter Glenn Greenwald that slammed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s criticism of Omar and her colleague Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Michigan Democrat.
“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” Omar tweeted.
Many perceived the tweet as suggesting that Republicans are influenced and financed by pro-Israel groups. They saw it promoting an anti-Semitic trope that Jewish people try to control politics with money.
Her comments brought a wave of backlash from across the aisle, but also from two of her fellow Democrats.
Chelsea Clinton, former President Bill Clinton’s daughter, weighed by replying to Ungar-Sargon, who accused Omar of anti-Semitism
New York Rep. Max Rose, also a freshman Democrat like Omar, slammed her comments and the exchange with Ungar-Sargon in a statement.
“Congresswoman Omar’s statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including me, implying that Americans support Israel because money alone is offensive enough. But to go a step further, and retweet someone declaring their pain at their sentiment is simply unacceptable. Omar’s apology, if genuine, is welcome. But more important is for Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, another Muslim Democratic freshman who has been in similar controversy to understand that their recent actions hurt not just Jews but also Muslims, Democrats and ultimately all who support tolerance,” Mark Rose said.
Ilhan Omar also said that her unwillingness to express loyalty to Israel was why many were upset with her, evoking the stereotype that Jews have “dual loyalties” to the United States and Israel.