Rep. Dan Crenshaw believed and said that Rep. Ilhan Omar should be fired from her committee assignments in Congress.
The Texas Republican joined other members of his cohort in taking issue with Omar appearing to equate the actions of the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban, although the Minnesota Democrat claims her comments have been misconstrued.
“I think she absolutely should be fired (from her committee assignments). This is a pattern with her, too. This isn’t just a one-off. She has a pattern of antisemitic comments. She’s constantly trying to make you believe that America is a bad place, not worthy of our praise at all. What she does is say something pretty outlandish and then she turns around and claims victimhood when people criticize her for it…You can’t place these entities, the United States, Israel, Hamas, and Taliban in the same category and she did it deliberately.”
Crenshaw’s statement was his response to the latest anti-Semitic, anti-American remarks from Omar.
We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.
We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) June 7, 2021
Omar, a Somali refugee, was elected in the 2018 midterm elections as one of the first Muslim women in Congress.
She is no stranger to controversy in the intervening years. The House approved a resolution to condemn antisemitism in 2019 following comments she made about Israel that prompted an uproar.
The latest controversy started over a tweet.
“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity,” she said on Monday. “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. I asked [Secretary of State Antony Blinken] where people are supposed to go for justice.”
Republicans lambasted Omar, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy calling her statement “antisemitic and anti-American.” In a rare rebuke, a group of Jewish House Democrats condemned the statement as well, calling for her to clarify her comments.
Members of the group of liberal House Democrats known colloquially as the “Squad,” which includes Omar, rallied to her defense. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that the public criticism of Omar put her in danger.
Another Democrat, Rep. Cori Bush, said critics of Omar were engaging in “anti-blackness and Islamophobia.”
On Thursday, Omar clarified her comments in a statement, saying, “On Monday, I asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken about an ongoing International Criminal Court investigations. … To be clear: the conversation was about accountability for specific incidents regarding those ICC cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel.”
Her Democratic colleagues in the House appeared to accept the clarification. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who previously issued a statement condemning Omar’s comments, indicated on Friday that she would not pursue any further measures against the congresswoman following her clarification.