In a recent interview on CNN, Ilhan Omar was asked about her statement a few weeks ago equating Israel and the U.S. with Hamas and the Taliban—a statement that she had already walked back. She replied that she had no regrets about her original remarks, and then went on to say the Jewish Democratic congressmen who have criticized her anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel “haven’t been partners in justice.” The editors of the Washington Free Beacon write:
Omar, as the kids say, is owning her truth. Her tap dance follows a pattern that is by now well established, in which the [self-described] “justice-seeking” congresswoman makes nakedly prejudicial remarks, pretends to walk them back in the face of muted criticism from her colleagues, characterizes the criticism itself as Islamophobic, and proceeds to reoffend.
That pattern gives the lie to the apology Omar issued after arguing that American support for Israel is “all about the Benjamins, baby,” [Benjamins being slang for hundred-dollar bills]. Her offenses were born of ignorance rather than prejudice, she said, and thanked her colleagues for “educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.”
Omar could give a master class on anti-Semitism, and the pattern of her offenses makes clear she is using that knowledge to perpetuate it. That’s probably why a . . . report earlier this month indicated that “a number of Omar’s fellow Democrats believe Omar is an anti-Semite, even if they don’t say so publicly.” It is, of course, the only prejudice about which Democrats are tight-lipped and the only one tolerated in the party’s ranks.