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February 13, 2019 8:27 am

Democrats Who Criticized Omar Are Not Heroes

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avatar by Harold Brackman


Ilhan Omar (D-MN) speaks to the media after a lottery for office assignments on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 30, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Joshua Roberts.

Usually, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank’s satires of the real-and-imagined sins of President Trump are fun to read. But Milbank shot a dud in criticizing Ilhan Omar’s recent antisemitic outbursts.

Milbank elevated Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic House members to the status of “heroes” for waiting two months to criticize Omar for her latest tirades against Jews.

Note also that Omar repudiated only her use of “anti-Semitic tropes” — but not her vicious slanders of Israel, or her support for the BDS movement, which we now know is in league with terrorists.

Milbank piously concluded that, “Those who believe in a tolerant, multicultural America need to speak with one voice against the scapegoating of minorities by the likes of Trump and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).”

But that is is hardly a ringing moral condemnation of antisemitism.

Note also that the Democratic leaders who have criticized Omar’s antisemitic rhetoric were careful to exclude numerous other comments by her, which displayed her clearly hateful view of Israel and the Jews who live there.

It is good that prominent Democrats have finally spoken up, but shame on them for not speaking up sooner and more forcefully.

Harold Brackman is coauthor with Ephraim Isaac of From Abraham to Obama: A History of Jews, Africans, African Americans (Africa World Press. 2015).

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