Democrat House speaker Nancy Pelosi is getting criticized from all angles during this government shutdown over border Wall funding, and her other decisions as party leader are not helping her gain any friends.
Pelosi’s appointment of Minnesota freshman congresswoman Ilhan Omar to the House Foreign Affairs Committee set off alarm bells in the national security establishment, given Omar’s well-documented record of anti-Israel agitation.
“It is disgraceful that Speaker Pelosi and her Democrat majority gave a coveted seat on the House Foreign Relations Committee to a member who has a documented history of making anti-Semitic and anti-Israel remarks. Rather than standing up against the disturbing rise of anti-Semitic rhetoric on the left, House Democrats have now just endorsed that ideology,” stated Republican Rep. Steve Scalise.
Liz Cheney and Ari Fleischer joined in the condemnation, and the nation of Israel is reportedly “nervous” about the appointment.
Omar’s early days in Congress have done nothing to dispel concerns about her left-wing philosophy.
Omar used her January 16 floor speech to promote the plight of migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
Omar referred to Trump’s “racist and cynical” big wall.
Omar, a Muslim congresswoman from Somalia, called the shutdown over border security a “manufactured crisis.”
“If the president wants to have a real conversation about border security, we are ready to have it,” Omar said, noting that the conversation would include “policies that extend humanity and compassion to migrants and refugees.”
Omar devoted special attention to addressing the situations in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, as another migrant caravan moves up toward the U.S. southern border. (Trump Cuts Off $555 Million To Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador).
Omar’s freshmen colleagues are also finding themselves in key committee posts. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib have landed on the House Financial Services Committee under chairwoman Maxine Waters.
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