Rep. Ilhan Omar apologizes for tweets viewed as anti-Semitic

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. 

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.” 

Full statement from Rep. Omar