Democrats cry racism, Islamophobia as Omar booted from committee for anti-Semitic remarks

By Jen Krausz on
 February 3, 2023

Republicans on Thursday mustered up the votes needed to get Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee over anti-Semitic comments, even though Democrats called them "racist" for doing so.

The House voted 218-211 for the resolution to bar her from the committee, with one Republican abstaining because of a conflict of interest.

During the debate before the vote, Omar and several other Democrats accused Republicans of hypocrisy and racism.

"I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa," Omar said. "Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?"

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) not only said the move was racist, but that Republicans were "targeting women of color."

It seems that if they are so concerned about racism, they wouldn't want an anti-Semite on the committee, but apparently there's more than enough hypocrisy in Washington to go around.