In a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, President Trump addressed the recent controversy concerning Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent anti-Israel comments, saying “Congressman Omar, it’s terrible what she said. And I think she should either resign from Congress, or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”
President Trump on Rep. @IlhanMN: “Her lame apology, and that’s what it was, it was lame, and she didn’t mean a word of it was just not appropriate. I think she should resign from Congress.” pic.twitter.com/6rbPUDdFuz
— CSPAN (@cspan) February 12, 2019
The President expressed doubts to the sincerity of the apology Rep. Omar issued on Monday over the statements. He said, “What she said was so deep seated in her heart, that her lame apology, and thats what it was it was lame and she didn’t mean a word of it, was just not appropriate. I think she should resign from Congress, frankly. But at a minimum she shouldn’t be on committees, and certainly that committee.”
President Trump was referring to the below apology that Omar tweeted responding to backlash from previous anti-Israel and anti-Semitic Twitter comments.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019
Ilhan Omar’s response to a tweet questioning the U.S political motive in supporting Israel was the beginning of the controversy. She claimed that U.S politicians sacrifice free speech to defend Israel because of some ambiguous monetary incentive, or “the Benjamins”.
It’s all about the Benjamins baby ???? https://t.co/KatcXJnZLV
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 10, 2019
Batya Ungar-Sargon, an editor at Forward, questioned Omar’s response, asking who she thought was paying American politicians to support Israel.
Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can guess. Bad form, Congresswoman. That’s the second anti-Semitic trope you’ve tweeted. https://t.co/FTCaCe7WyG
— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) February 11, 2019
Omar claimed that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was doing so.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019
Rival Candidate Spreads Fake News Attacks Against Anti-Lockdown Hero Shelley Luther
Shelley Luther, the candidate for Texas’ Senate District 30, is beginning to face heat from her rivals in the Senate seat’s special election.
One of her opponents, Drew Springer, the State Representative for Texas’s 68th District, called her out for supposed hypocrisy on the Wuhan virus lockdowns.
On Facebook he commented, “Shelley Luther sang a different tune about forced COVID-19 shutdowns before she realized she could use it for her political benefit.
While she thought her record could be deleted from Facebook, there was only so long she could hide. #ShutdownShelley”
Springer referred to a comment Luther made on March 16 where she said “Just my opinion. If some major cities are closing down building where large gatherings occur, then EVERY city should. The problem will not fix if some people are out and about.”
However, several users commenting on Springer’s Facebook post were quick to point out some nuances in Luther’s comments.
The main gist of their comments was that Luther said that it didn’t make any sense for a few venues to remain open and others not be closed. In essence, she was calling for policy consistency, not for selective enforcement of lockdowns.
Luther made a name for herself earlier this year when she resisted the city of Dallas’ shutdown order and continued operating her business in defiance of this ordinance.
She would later face jail time for her refusal to comply but would later be pardoned by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Luther has received endorsements from organizations such as Texas Gun Rights PAC for her staunch liberty activism and commitment to American principles such as the Second Amendment.
The Dallas salon owner is one of the more high-profile state level candidates running for office and has become a national figure of resistance against the Wuhan virus lockdowns.
A Luther victory would represent a major win for Texas conservatives who have been disappointed with the legislative body’s performance over the years.
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