On Saturday, President Trump discussed Democrat lawmaker Ilhan Omar while speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition, mocking her criticism of the US-Israel relationship, as well as her other questionable remarks which have been deemed anti-semitic.
“Special thanks to Representative Omar of Minnesota,” the president sarcastically said, adding, “Oh, I forgot, she doesn’t like Israel.”
Trump warned of the growing anti-Israel sentiment within the Democratic Party, accusing Democrats of pushing a “radical agenda” which could prove detrimental to Jews in the US and Israel.
Since joining Congress after the 2018 midterms, Omar has been the subject of repeated bipartisan condemnation, as well as frequent allegations of anti-semitism, stemming from a series of remarks made before and after becoming a lawmaker.
From The Hill:
President Trump blasted Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar on Saturday and claimed the Minnesota lawmaker “doesn’t like Israel,” one day after a New York man was arrested and charged with threatening to kill her.
“Special thanks to Representative Omar of Minnesota,” Trump said while delivering remarks at the Republican Jewish Coalition on Saturday afternoon. “Oh, I forgot. She doesn’t like Israel. I forgot. I’m so sorry.”
His remarks came a day the U.S. attorney’s office for the Western District of New York released a statement on Friday saying that a man, Patrick W. Carlineo Jr., was arrested and charged with threatening Omar and calling her “terrorist.”
According to the statement, the man had allegedly said he would “bullet in her [expletive] skull” during a phone call with a member of her staff.
The president’s attack at Omar arrived during a wide-ranging speech he delivered to members of the Republican Jewish Coalition, during which he also claimed that Democrats “aren’t fighting for Israel in Congress.”
“Republicans believe that we must never ignore the vile poison of anti-Semitism. We do. All of us,” the president also said.
He also claimed at another point in the speech that a “radical agenda” being push by Congressional Democrats’ could “very well could leave Israel out there all by yourselves.”