‘I Don’t Think She’s Antisemitic,’ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Says of Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Tuesday, as the freshman legislator continued to face accusations of antisemitism led by President Donald Trump.
“I don’t think the congresswoman is antisemitic,” Pelosi said during an interview with CNN‘s Cristiane Amanpour.
Last weekend, Trump published a tweet featuring a video of Omar saying that Muslims had been treated as second-class citizens because “some people did something,” on September 11, 2001 — when the Al Qaeda terror group carried out attack that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people in New York City, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC.
Omar has courted controversy on more than one occasion this year with full-throated attacks on American pro-Israel groups, whom she accused of being more loyal to Israel than the US — a long-established antisemitic canard.
But Pelosi said there was “no taint” of antisemitism in the Democratic Party.
“Just because they [the Trump administration] want to accuse somebody of that [antisemitism] doesn’t mean that we take that bait,” she told Amanpour.
Pelosi has been visiting Great Britain and Ireland this week to obtain a close-up view of the problems around the UK government’s proposed “Brexit” from the European Union. While in London, she met with parliamentarians who left the opposition Labour Party over the levels of antisemitism in its ranks, as well as Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
After her meeting with Corbyn, Pelosi tweeted that she was “[P]leased to have had a candid discussion with Jeremy Corbyn today about the direction of Brexit, Northern Ireland, Nato, acting boldly on climate, protecting human rights, and the necessity of forcefully confronting antisemitism and Islamophobia.”