Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) came under fire Saturday for her response to a news report that businessman Leon Cooperman is endorsing billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s potential presidential bid.
Background: Omar has been accused of anti-Semitism before. Earlier this year, her “It’s all about the Benjamins baby” remark and her criticism of Israel caused outrage among politicians and citizens alike. Around that time, she implied that Republicans in Congress are being paid to support Israel. She later denied being anti-Semitic and apologized for her comments.
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Listening and learning, but standing strong pic.twitter.com/7TSroSf8h1
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019
She also came under fire last March when she described the 9/11 attacks as “some people did something.”
Omar’s tweet suggested that there is a deeper reason as to why Cooperman would back Bloomberg for president.
I wonder why? https://t.co/fc2wx26oTA
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 9, 2019
Critics slammed Omar for what they saw as an insinuation that Cooperman would support Bloomberg in 2020 because they’re both Jewish.
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Michael Dickson, the executive director of the pro-Israel group StandWithUs.
I suppose you think it’s all about the Benjamins? We get your insinuation. True to form. https://t.co/dynXq6HqXN
— Michael Dickson (@michaeldickson) November 9, 2019
Omar very carefully making an anti-Semitic tweet with just enough vagueness to claim that ackshually she meant it was about the benjamins and not about religion.
But everyone knows what she meant, which is why she continues to do it. https://t.co/tBuU3eNxX5
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) November 9, 2019
Ilhan Omar doesn’t tweet alone. She has a media team who’s job is to prevent her from saying offensive things.
Either she can’t find anyone that is knowledgeable about Antisemitic dogwhistles, despite Jews begging her to educate herself, or that they know what she says hurts us.
— Hen Mazzig (@HenMazzig) November 10, 2019
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Is it “all about the (((Benjamin’$)))”?! https://t.co/TksMhPjj2n
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) November 9, 2019
Her supporters and allies, on the other hand, defended Omar, saying that it’s not a jab at their Jewish faith but their status as billionaires. They also accused critics of honing in on the wrong facts.
Oh for God’s sake, stop this ridiculousness. This obsession with every word Ilhan says or tweets is tired and it’s getting old. https://t.co/TRhwHoJW7d
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) November 9, 2019
Extremely this. The latest effort to twist @IlhanMN‘s words and impute anti-semitism to what’s obviously a pretty standard observation about billionaires sharing similar political views is outrageous. It should be given no credence whatsoever. https://t.co/bXXWsDtDRG
— Leah Greenberg (@Leahgreenb) November 9, 2019
Still wrong: Omar’s critics pushed back against her defenders’ arguments.
I am a progressive who lives in her district and there is no doubt in my mind that she has something against Jewish people
— Max (@MaxFromMN) November 9, 2019
Tennis star Martina Navratilova weighed in on Omar’s remarks as well.
Generalizing is wrong no matter which “group” of people one talks about. It’s about assigning labels and I hate that.
— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) November 9, 2019
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