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July 24, 2020 9:19 am

Omar Campaign Sends Mailer Accusing Opponent of Being ‘in Pocket of Wall Street’

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Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) in 2016. Photo: Lorie Shaull via Flickr. – The re-election campaign of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) sent out a mailer received by voters last week that accuses her top primary opponent of being “in the pocket of the GOP,” “in the pocket of Wall Street” and “in the pocket of the medical industry,” citing quotes from only Jewish donors.

The headline of the mailer, which was obtained and first reported by VICE News, stated “Can We Trust Antone Melton-Meaux’s Money?”

The only names cited in the mailer, which featured quotes from MinnPost and BuzzFeed, are Jewish: billionaire Jonathan Gray, retired real estate executive Stanley Weinstein and billionaire hedge-fund owner Seth Klarman.

The mailer echoes the antisemitic trope of Jews being wealthy and influencing elections and politics.

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When asked by VICE News if the congresswoman personally approved the mailer, Omar’s advisers declined to comment on the record.

“Our campaign is supported by a grassroots coalition of people of all faiths, background and ethnicities,” said Omar spokesman Isaiah Breen in a statement to VICE News. “Right-wing donors are going on the record explicitly declaring their hate for Ilhan and desire to unseat her, using overtly xenophobic language. But we will continue to build an inclusive movement fighting for an America where everyone has their basic rights protected.”

JNS reached out to Melton-Meaux’s campaign for comment. Melton-Meaux is one of four candidates challenging Omar in an Aug. 11 primary for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.

Since entering Congress in 2019, Omar has perpetuated antisemitic tropes on social media that has been criticized by Jewish, pro-Israel and other organizations, as well as members of Congress. She also introduced a resolution in Congress that promotes boycotts of Israel, likening them to boycotts of Nazi Germany.

In February 2019, a month after being sworn in, Omar accused AIPAC of paying members of Congress to back Israel, saying it was “all about the Benjamins.”

The following month, she pointed fingers at her “Jewish colleagues” for attacking her Tlaib for labeling their criticisms as anti-Israel because of the Muslim faith of the two congresswomen, in addition to slamming her critics regarding “the political influence in this country that says it is OK to push for allegiance to a foreign country.”

This led to the passing of a House resolution condemning antisemitism and other forms of hatred, though it did not call out Omar by name.


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