The Squad Goes To WAR With Pelosi Over Ilhan Omar:
Omar Said: “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”
Rashida Tlaib says ‘freedom of speech doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress’ after Pelosi urged Rep. to ‘clarify’ comments comparing US and Israel to terrorists
Rep. Rashida Tlaib blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leadership for a statement they put out Thursday that said Rep. Ilhan Omar was fomenting ‘prejudice’ by comparing the U.S. and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban.
‘Freedom of speech doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress. The benefit of the doubt doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress,’ Tlaib tweeted. ‘House Democratic leadership should be ashamed of its relentless, exclusive tone policing of Congresswomen of color.’
Beyond support from fellow Squad members Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Congressional Progressive Caucus also came out in defense of Omar, a Minnesota Democrat.
‘We cannot ignore a right-wing media echo chamber that has deliberately and routinely attacked a Black, Muslim woman in Congress, distorting her views and intentions, and resulting in threats against Rep. Omar and her staff,’ Jayapal said. ‘We urge our colleagues not to abet or amplify such divisive and bad-faith tactics.’
‘Members of the Democratic caucus owe it to each other to pause, reflect, and engage directly with each other when misunderstandings arise, and stand together against cynical attempts to divide our caucus,’ she added.
Omar accused her critics within the Democratic Party of whipping up ‘Islamic hate against her’ after they complained she was comparing atrocities committed by American and Israeli troops with those of terrorist groups.
Pelosi stepped in on Thursday afternoon in an effort to end the feuding.
She said legitimate criticism of the U.S. and Israel was protected by the values of democratic debate.
‘But drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all,’ she said.
‘We welcome the clarification by Congresswoman Omar that there is no moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban.’