(FOX 9) - Facing widespread condemnation from fellow Democrats, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar has apologized for her comments on Twitter that have been viewed as anti-Semitic.
In a series of tweets Sunday, Omar said Jewish campaign donations fueled Republican support for Israel. The American Jewish Committee immediately responded, telling Omar “suggesting that a Jewsih organization is buying off American politicians is both demonstrably false and stunningly anti-Semitic.”
Omar tweeted Monday, “listening and learning, but standing strong,” followed by a statement in which she apologized, saying she never meant to offend her constituents or Jewish Americans with her tweets.
Listening and learning, but standing strong 💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/7TSroSf8h1— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats had called on Omar to apologize, saying in a statement, “Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned wherever it is encountered, without exception.”
AIPAC! https://t.co/UdzaFUEfrh— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019
Full statement from Rep. Omar
Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents of Jewish Americans as a whole. 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. This is why I unequivocally apologize.
At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyist in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry. It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it.