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Washington - House Majority Leader Walks Back Jabs At Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Published on: March 25, 2019 04:27 PM
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Washington - The House majority leader “clarified” remarks that were seen as jabs at first-year Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., in his address Sunday to the AIPAC policy conference appeared to criticize Omar, D-Minn., who has complained of pressure to pledge “allegiance” to Israel; Tlaib, D-Mich., a Palestinian American who backs ending assistance to Israel and plans to lead a lawmakers’ tour of the West Bank to rival the one Hoyer leads to Israel every year with the assistance of an affiliate of AIPAC; and Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who has defended Tlaib and Omar.

“This August, I will lead what I expect to be the largest delegation ever” to Israel, Hoyer said. “There are 62 freshman Democrats,” he said and cocked his ear. “You hear me? Sixty-two — not three.”

In a statement Monday, Hoyer said his sarcasm was aimed at the media, not the congresswomen.

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“In pointing out that much of the press attention has been on a few new Members in particular, I was lamenting that the media does not appear to be paying enough attention to other excellent new Members who are also bringing important new energy and diverse perspectives to our Caucus and to the Congress,” Hoyer said. “I am proud and excited to serve with all of our new Democratic Members, who reflect the diversity of our country better than any freshman class in our history.”

Omar, Tlaib and Ocasio-Cortez have been earned grassroots admiration among liberals and Democrats for bringing diversity and outspokenness to the caucus. Ocasio-Cortez is pushing for radical environmental reforms, Tlaib wants to impeach President Donald Trump and Omar has taken a lead role in questioning Trump administration policy in Venezuela.

Omar, who arrived in the United States as a Somali refugee, has been criticized over remarks that have been seen as anti-Semitic. She has apologized for some of those remarks



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 Mar 25, 2019 at 04:43 PM Mechi2012 Says:

This Democrat has no problem stabbing the Jews just like his colleague but will say anything in front of Jews but as soon as the sh!!! hits the fan he will join the liberal Muslims

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 Mar 25, 2019 at 04:49 PM HeshyEmes Says:

Another coward heard from. Any Jew who votes Democratic is a fool & a Rasha! By voting Democratic, Jews Re in essence saying "you've got my vote regardless of your pissing on Jews & crapping on Israel".

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 Mar 25, 2019 at 05:20 PM Haimov Says:

Steny Horner is a shmuck as almost all democrats that support antisemitism.

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 Mar 25, 2019 at 06:31 PM Yitzi1 Says:

Persia wasn't amaleik. Yet, haman who is from amaleik became the chief advisor to the king and tried to destroy the Jews. It's scary the way amaleik works. They go to the super power and they try to make as much trouble as possibe.

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 Mar 25, 2019 at 06:50 PM chugibugi Says:

The DemonRat party has morphed into a vicious socialist marxist America hating and Jew hating fascistic antisemitic party of hoodlums and gangstars

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 Mar 25, 2019 at 08:02 PM Haimov Says:

Reply to #5  
chugibugi Says:

The DemonRat party has morphed into a vicious socialist marxist America hating and Jew hating fascistic antisemitic party of hoodlums and gangstars

Correct. Also Omar was elected by 25,000 somalian refugees in Minnesota. Back home they were hoodlums, pirates, etc. Now they are democrats.

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 Mar 25, 2019 at 08:09 PM Lugash Says:

They have added diversity to congress??!! I guess diversity is yet another euphemism for anti-semitism.

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 Mar 25, 2019 at 08:27 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
chugibugi Says:

The DemonRat party has morphed into a vicious socialist marxist America hating and Jew hating fascistic antisemitic party of hoodlums and gangstars

And the Republican party has morphed into the vicious fascist pro Zionist party. Thats totally anti JEWISH.

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 Mar 26, 2019 at 11:40 AM Chosid1 Says:

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Anonymous Says:

And the Republican party has morphed into the vicious fascist pro Zionist party. Thats totally anti JEWISH.

You have to stay on your meds because if you forget, you write such asinine statements as you did.

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