Freshman Congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib, has come to Ilhan Omar’s defense following the outrage over Omar’s anti-Semitic comments. But Tlaib does not think Omar’s words were anti-Semitic. Instead, she believes Omar is being bullied because she is a black Muslim woman.
Tlaib was asked if she believed Nancy Pelosi was right to say that Omar’s comments were anti-Semitic. Tlaib said:
“I think she [Omar] becomes an easier target, is what I’m trying to say. And what worries me is that I don’t understand why others can say something probably worse and probably stemmed on white supremacy and get away with it but then Ilhan, who is really coming from a place of disagreeing with the policies of the country of Israel, where my grandmother lives currently right now with inequality, is not treated with any human dignity. That if she speaks up, that it’s seen and because she’s Muslim and because she’s black, she’s an easier target for them to attack.”
Tlaib also said that Islamophobia “is still very present on both sides of the aisle.” She accused the Democrats and Republicans in congress of staying silent whenever the Republicans said something hateful.
“And I can tell you I’ve been there long enough to see that there are some issues there — again, on the other side of the aisle — that continue to be held — they’re being held unaccountable.”
It is not surprising that Tlaib would defend her colleague and friend, Ilhan Omar. They are both Muslim women who hold the same views on virtually everything. But isn’t Tlaib doing the exact thing she is accusing the Republicans of? She is choosing to look the other way and defend somebody who has said some vile things, yet, she accuses Congress of not holding the Republicans accountable when they say the wrong things.
Ilhan Omar’s comments were anti-Semitic, and anyone who says otherwise is part of the problem. Omar was not condemned because she is black or because she is Muslim. She was condemned because she is an anti-Semite.