By Esme Murphy

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A day after President Donald Trump said that Rep. Ilhan Omar should resign from Congress for some recent tweets broadly condemned as anti-Semitic, the freshman congresswoman fired back on Twitter, accusing the president of “trafficking in hate” for his entire life.

On Wednesday morning, Omar tweeted at Trump, saying that the president has trafficked in hate against Muslims, immigrants, indigenous people, blacks, and Jews. Additionally, she implied that while she takes criticism to heart, the president does not.

Omar’s tweet was a response to what Trump told reporters Tuesday, when he spoke on a pair of tweets that Omar wrote over the weekend, which he described as “terrible.” He added that he thought Omar should step down from Congress or resign from her post on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“What she said is so deep-seated in her heart, that her lame apology — and that is what it was, lame — she didn’t mean a word of it,” Trump said.

In those weekend tweets, Omar suggested that the reason members of Congress support Israel is because they are being paid to do, specifically by the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC.

“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” Omar wrote, referencing a lyric about $100 bills from a ’90s Puff Daddy song.

Prominent Republicans and Democrats swiftly condemned the tweets as perpetuating anti-Semitic tropes, specifically the idea that Jews control politics through money. Omar later apologized on Monday, saying that her intention was never to offend Jewish Americans.

“We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity,” she said. “This is why I unequivocally apologize.”

Critics have alleged Omar’s apology was not genuine. Vice President Mike Pence tweeted, “Unless Rep. Omar resigns from Congress, at minimum Democrat leaders should remove her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”

A number of Republican members of Congress have joined Pence in calling for Omar to be removed from the House Foreign Affair Committee. Republicans point to the case of Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King, who last month was removed from committees over his comment about white supremacy.

Minnesota Democratic Congressman Dean Phillips, who is Jewish, did not call for Omar to be stripped of committee assignments but said he had spoken to her.

“We had a frank discussion. We had an impassioned discussion, and in my statement I said it’s time we all start talking more and tweeting less,” he said.

Esme Murphy

Comments (9)
  1. Jihadist Omar is going to deliver Trump the biggest landslide win in US history.

  2. So NOW we all can talk hate about the Somalians living here in Minnesota because you have hated Jews your whole life.

    Thanks you for that information.

  3. If it wasn’t for the occupiers of the fifth district, she’d be mopping floors somewhere.

  4. Steve Hanson says:

    She is such an embarrassment to the state of Minnesota

  5. “Look around you.This is MN. MN is not like it was 30,50 yrs. ago. This is MN. and you have every right to be here. And anybody who cannot accept your right to be here,should find another state” Former governor Dayton

    1. People like Jihadist Omar, our own ISIS princess, is working hard to make Minnesota into a little Samaula where everyone has nothing.
      P.S. Mark Dayton was a very sick man. It is all about votes to keep Dems in office.

  6. Gregory Fritz says:

    Omar hate filled anti Semite whom marries her freakin brother

    1. Jihadist Omar married her brother… that is so messed up, makes me want to puke.

      Jihadist Omar thinks marrying people in your own family is OK.
      What a wonderful message she is sending for all the kids in Minnesota!

  7. Corky Freeman says:

    Just remember which peoples were dragging the bodies of our dead soldiers through the streets of Somalia. Now they’re being elected to high office in our country.