After fellow Democrats condemned Ilhan Omar’s despicable comment comparing the USA and Israel to Hamas, Republicans also took to write a letter to high-level Democratic leaders, requesting them to remove her from the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Written by Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the letter states that Omar’s remarks are “anti-American, antisemitic and bigoted” and made “a truly heinous false equivalence.” Omar, who has a “track record of hate speech,” has “stooped to a new low.” The letter was signed by GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Reps. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), Lee Zeldin (R-NY), August Pfluger (R-TX), Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL), Carlos Gimenez (R-FL), Claudia Tenney (R-NY), Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) and Bill Johnson (R-OH).
The letter stated, “Given Representative Omar’s history of engaging in this type of conduct, House Democratic leadership must take immediate and meaningful action to remove her from the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. We consider anything less to be a form of complicity.”
Meanwhile, a second letter signed by Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Fred Upton (R-MI), Chris Jacobs (R-NY) and Young Kim (R-CA), as well as Malliotakis and Salazar, stated, “[Omar’s Foreign Affairs seat] sends a dangerous signal to our allies and our adversaries alike that the United States tolerates anti-Semitism, that we no longer believe in the long-term mission of supporting free peoples and free markets, and that we no longer remain committed to combatting acts of terror against the United States or our allies. Congresswoman Omar’s views of American foreign policy are dangerous to our national interest.”
Republicans may hold a floor vote this week to remove her from her Foreign Affairs seat or censure her.