Democrats seeking primary opponent for Omar

Sergio Conner
March 15, 2019

'I'd be pretty uncomfortable supporting Rep. Omar right now, given ... her apparent inability to stop insulting Jews...'

Omar's February comment was met with swift condemnation from the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, New York Rep. Eliot Engel.

Rather than voting against anti-Semitism, Congress needs to be discussing why the USA gives more aid to Israel than other countries and continues to defend their actions.

It's typcally hard to replace an incumbent politician, even one as arguably polarizing as Omar, who in her first two months as a congresswoman has sparked contentious debates both as a country and within the party. Potential candidates include state Sen. There are even a couple contenders: State Senator Bobby Joe Champion, and Minneapolis City Councilwoman Andrea Jenkins, the first openly transgender African-American woman elected to public office in the U.S.

That's a fairly sharp critique, particularly from someone who represents the same district as Omar, but the evidence that her Minnesota constituents might be better off cutting her tenure in Congress short is mounting.

"I'm asking not to rule out the history of this issue, but in the context in which this was said by Ilhan", she reportedly said during a Facebook thread discussing the violent history of the "dual allegiance" trope against Jewish people.

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Omar has come under heavy criticism from both Republicans and Democrats for the use of anti-Semitic slurs.

Minnesota's Jewish community is increasingly frustrated with the comments coming from Omar, saying they have actively reached out to the congresswoman to express their concerns. But Hunegs said Omar didn't care.

"Unfortunately, having the opportunity to speak with her about that point didn't dissuade her making that statement", he told the Hill on Wednesday.

Bee also pointed out that Omar is just one of a group of freshman representatives that are not satisfied with the status quo and have brought to the forefront a number of hard and long-overdue conversations, including that of Israel and Palestine, and she encouraged Democrats to take control of that conversation.

"I'd be pretty uncomfortable supporting Rep. Omar right now, given what I've learned about her since the election and given her apparent inability to stop insulting Jews", he said.

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