Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who has a lengthy history of antisemitism, and other incumbent progressive Democrats have received assurances of support from House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) and other congressional Democrats for the 2024 presidential race.
“Rep. Omar has three times been elected by her constituents and has steadfastly defended them, particularly through her work on the House Budget Committee, according to Jeffries.
We must fight against extremist MAGA Republicans for the future of our country, and as the leader of the House Democrats, I vehemently support her reelection.
No one from the office of the House majority leader, Omar, or any of the more than 20 Jewish members of Congress shouted out.
Jeffries led a party of 20 House Democrats on a six-day trip to Israel earlier this month that was organized by an organization connected to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
According to information in Jewish Insider, AIPAC wants to remove Omar and other anti-Israel lawmakers.
A spokesperson for AIPAC, Marshall Wittmann, declined to speak to JNS about Jeffries’ support for Omar.
The Democratic Majority for Israel’s CEO and President Mark Mellman supported Jeffries’ support. “Leader Jeffries has a tremendous track record of support for the Jewish community and the State of Israel,” Mellman told JNS. The heads of both parties are used to endorsing all of their incumbent co-partisans.
Mellman claimed that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, is a supporter of “Republican antisemites, racists, white nationalists, and, of course, election deniers.” The difference is that Speaker McCarthy has been unwilling to denounce antisemitic remarks made by members of his caucus, whereas Leader Jeffries has denounced Congresswoman Omar’s sentiments.
JNS questioned McCarthy about his choice not to support former Iowa Republican congressman Steve King when he faced opposition in the 2020 primary. (King’s opponent received the support of the Republican Jewish Coalition.)