On Tuesday, President Trump weighed in on Democrat lawmaker Ilhan Omar’s recent assertion that White House adviser Stephen Miller is “a white nationalist,” which he called “completely unacceptable.”
The president pointed out that Miller is actually Jewish, raising a host of further questions regarding Omar’s intent, given her previous and lengthy history of remarks which have been deemed anti-semitic.
Trump’s comments came in response to Omar’s condemnation of Miller on Monday, in which she stated “The fact that [Miller] still has influence on policy and political appointments is an outrage.”
In response, many conservatives and activist groups expressed concern that Omar’s comments were rooted in bigotry toward Miller’s Jewish heritage.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Rep. Ilhan Omar of targeting Jews after she called one of the president’s top aides, Stephen Miller, a white nationalist.
“‘What’s completely unacceptable is for Congesswoman [sic] Omar to target Jews, in this case Stephen Miller.’ Jeff Ballabon, B2 Strategic, CEO. @Varneyco,” Trump tweeted, referencing a segment on Fox Business Network.
Omar on Monday afternoon labeled Miller, known for pushing hard-line immigration and border security policies, a “white nationalist.” Miller, who is Jewish, has reportedly grown increasingly influential on immigration issues in recent days, including the purge of top Department of Homeland Security officials.
“Stephen Miller is a white nationalist,” Omar tweeted. “The fact that he still has influence on policy and political appointments is an outrage.”
Some Republicans have since condemned Omar’s statement on Miller as anti-Semitic.
“During my time in Congress before @IlhanOmar got here, I didn’t once witness another Member target Jewish people like this with the name calling & other personal attacks,” Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) tweeted. “In 2019 though, for @IlhanOmar, this is just called Monday.”
The Minnesota congresswoman has come under fire for controversial remarks she made about Israel and has been publicly rebuked by members of both parties for rhetoric panned as anti-Semitic.