Bernie Sanders privately expressed support for Ilhan Omar over anti-Semitic remarks

Bernie Sanders privately expressed support for Ilhan Omar over anti-Semitic remarks
Strange bedfellows: Bernie Sanders, Ilhan Omar (Images: Left—YouTube screen grab, right—Yahoo News! video screen grab)

Sen. Bernie Sanders reportedly reached out to Rep. Ilhan Omar in private amid the condemnation she received from both sides of the political aisle over a series of anti-Semitic messages. The Daily Beast reports that the Vermont senator, who is Jewish, reached out “to offer his support amid criticism from both Democrats and Republicans,” even in spite of the fact that prominent liberals, such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chelsea Clinton, have blasted her for blatant anti-Semitism.

“I talked to Ilhan last night to give her my personal support,” Sanders was quoted as saying during a conference call hosted by James Zogby. “We will stand by our Muslim brothers and sisters.”

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Omar continues to battle through a controversy that has included references to Israel as “evil,” comparisons of Israel to Iran, repeated anti-Semitic tropes, and support of the anti-Semitic BDS movement. It progressed even to the point of badgering a Jewish diplomat.

Is Omar Sorry?

Omar had issued an apology for her latest anti-Semitic rants, but it was met with some skepticism.

“I unequivocally apologize,” she said in a statement, adding, “at the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA, or the fossil fuel industry. It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it.”

So … Sorry, not sorry?

President Trump ripped her apology, calling it “lame” and saying Omar “should be ashamed of herself.”

Bernie, however, seems to be content with her hollow apology.

Not a Surprise

Omar’s anti-Semitism should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. The aforementioned tweet in which she said Israel had “hypnotized the world” and called the nation “evil” was published over six years ago. She has, on multiple occasions – quantified at best, defended at worst – the actions of ISIS terrorists.

About a year ago, Jewish leaders in Minnesota approached Omar about her anti-Semitic rants.

“Tropes, dog whistles — call them what you will,” one state senator recalled. “We explained to her how hurtful, and factually inaccurate, they were. Frankly, I was hopeful she’d grow in office a little, and understand the media platform she has,” he added. “Instead, she keeps repeating her mistakes, if you can call them that.”

Meanwhile Sanders, who has just announced his second run for the presidency, may fine with his “Muslim brothers and sisters” defaming Judaism and the state of Israel, but it remains to be seen whether Jewish Democrats, whose vote he is counting on, will be quite as forgiving.

Cross posted at the Mental Recession

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is editor of the Mental Recession, one of the top conservative blogs of 2012. His writings have appeared at the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record.