Vice President Mike Pence condemned anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after her extremely anti-Semitic tirade over the weekend, claiming that her apology was “inadequate” and she should “face consequences.”
“.@IlhanMN tweets were a disgrace & her apology was inadequate,” Pence tweeted. “Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress, much less the Foreign Affairs Committee. Those who engage in anti-Semitic tropes should not just be denounced, they should face consequences for their words.”
Pence’s call for action against Omar follows President Donald Trump’s call for her to either resign from Congress or at a minimum step down from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress,” Trump said on Tuesday. “And Congresswoman Omar is, terrible what she said, I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”
“What she said is so deep-seated in her heart, that 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,” Trump added. “I think she should resign from Congress, frankly.”
“But at a minimum, she shouldn’t be on committees, certainly that committee,” Trump concluded.
Omar, who has a long history of anti-Semitism, was also widely condemned by the leadership of the Democratic Party.
Omar’s anti-Semitic statements sparked such an intense reaction that Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Caucus Vice Chair Katherine Clark issued the following statement:
Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception.
We are and will always be strong supporters of Israel in Congress because we understand that our support is based on shared values and strategic interests. Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share. But Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.
As Democrats and as Americans, the entire Congress must be fully engaged in denouncing and rejecting all forms of hatred, racism, prejudice and discrimination wherever they are encountered.
In a statement released on Monday, Omar tried to apologize for promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and ended up promoting her anti-Semitic views even more:
Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.
At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry. It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it.
Omar’s apology sparked even more outrage and reporters who tried to follow up with her on were met with snarky and bitter remarks.