Ted Deutch calls out Democratic colleague for ‘anti-Semitic’ tweets
U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch has joined the chorus of criticism over a pair of recent tweets from U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, calling her comments “anti-Semitic.” Those calls have since prompted Omar to apologize.
Omar tweeted in response to a report that Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy would seek to reprimand her and U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan for their criticisms of Israel. Omar, who is Muslim, tweeted of McCarthy’s desire to punish her, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.”
When asked by a fellow Twitter user who she thought was “paying” McCarthy, Omar tweeted, “AIPAC!” The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is a pro-Israel lobbying group.
While criticizing politicians for acting on behalf of their donors is a well-worn rallying cry, Omar was roundly condemned for amplifying offensive stereotypes and conspiracy theories surrounding Jewish money.
“One of the oldest anti-Semitic conspiracies is about Jewish money as an instrument of global domination,” said U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.
But Omar wasn’t just hammered by Republicans. Deutch joined Democratic House Leadership in calling out the comments as well.
“Trafficking in anti-Semitic tropes is unacceptable and deeply worrisome to the Jewish community,” Deutch said.
“The use of