Mccarthy’s Threat to Remove Omar: “The Republican Party has made it their mission, from the minute I was elected, to use fear, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and racism to attack me on the House Floor and via millions of dollars’ worth of campaign commercials,” Omar said
The Threat Made by McCarthy to Get Rid of Omar
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) lashed out at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Monday for “repeated antisemitic and anti-American statements.” McCarthy, who wants to become House speaker in January, reiterated the statement many times over the weekend, including in a TV interview and in Las Vegas. Next Congress, Republicans will have a small House majority.
“McCarthy’s efforts to single me out for ridicule and hatred, including trying to remove me from my committee, do nothing to address the concerns our people face,” Omar added. “It stokes fear and hatred towards Somali-Americans and everyone who shares my background, dividing us along racial and ethnic lines,” she said. It’s part of a long-running drive by Trump’s party to restrict Muslim and African voices.
McCarthy wouldn’t be able to remove Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee if he’s elected speaker. It needs House approval. McCarthy shared a videotape of his Saturday night address in Las Vegas, when he stated he was “fulfilling that promise” to remove Omar. McCarthy recalled what Clinton said about Israel. “I recall her relationship comments.” Last year, I assured you she wouldn’t be on Foreign Affairs as speaker. I’ll honor my word.”
Omar has been charged of antisemitism. As a freshman, she apologized for saying Israel’s U.S. friends were driven by money, not philosophy. A tweet saying “it’s all about the Benjamins baby” received quick condemnation from Republicans and Democrats, especially Jewish lawmakers.
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Omar accused the GOP of hypocrisy for permitting antisemitism, adding that McCarthy accused rich Jewish liberals of trying to “buy” elections in 2018. Omar said Islamophobia and xenophobia from powerful Republicans have placed her life and safety in danger several times.
This relentless torrent of hate has led to hundreds of death threats and credible plans against her and her family, she stated in a statement. Omar: “They’ve openly condoned antisemitism, anti-Muslim bigotry, and racism in their own party.” The House stripped Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) of her committee assignments in February 2021 for extreme views.
Greene was a follower of QAnon, a violent network of false claims that inspired the 2021 Capitol attack. She also suggested on social media that gun control proponents organized several mass shootings, that government forces coordinated 9/11, and that a Jewish conspiracy started a catastrophic wildfire with a space beam.
McCarthy said Greene will get her chosen committee assignments in January. In October, Trump said American Jews must “get their act together” and appreciate Israel “before it’s too late.” Trump’s article focused on this antisemitic stereotype, arguing that American Jews should show more admiration for Israel due to their faith.
Trump also claimed that “no president” had done more for Israel than he had, but Christian evangelicals are “much more thankful” than Jews, especially in the U.S.