McCarthy Vows To Strip Omar Of Her Committee Spot If GOP Takes Back House In 2022


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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy vowed to strip Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of her committee assignment if the GOP wins back the House next year.

During an interview on Tuesday with Fox News, McCarthy slammed Omar as “anti-Semitic” and “anti-American” and called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to remove the Minnesota Democrat from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“I will promise you this: If we are fortunate enough to have the majority, Omar would not be serving on Foreign Affairs or anybody that has an anti-Semitic, anti-American view. That is not productive and that is not right,” McCarthy asserted.

McCarthy said that Omar’s recent string of comments discredited Israel as an ally and was neither “productive” nor “right.”

“I will promise you this,” McCarthy said. “If [Republicans] are fortunate enough to have the majority, Omar would not be serving on Foreign Affairs or anybody that has an ant-Semitic or anti-American view.”

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McCarthy asserted that Omar had a history of making anti-Semitic comments, referencing a recent tweet where she appeared to equate America with the Taliban and Hamas.

“We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,” Omar tweeted Monday. “I asked [Secretary of State Antony Blinken] where people are supposed to go for justice.”

After receiving harsh backlash for her comments, Omar issued a “clarification” where she claimed she was not trying to draw a “moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel.”

Pelosi then stepped in and praised Omar for her clarification, announcing that no further discipline would be necessary.

The Daily Wire reported:

Pelosi and fellow House Democrats, including Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), issued their own statement in appreciation of Omar’s “clarification.”

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“Legitimate criticism of the policies of both the United States and Israel is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate, and indeed, such criticism is essential to the strength and health of our democracies. But drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all,” the group wrote.

“We welcome the clarification by Congresswoman Omar that there is no more equivalency between the U.S. and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban,” they said.

Following Omar’s explanation, House Democratic leadership said in a statement that “false equivalencies between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all.”

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