Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) was blasted after she shared a tweet that hinted American billionaire investor Leon Cooperman is supporting Michael Bloomberg’s presidential bid if he was to enter—just because he is of Jewish descent.
Executive director of Stand With Us Michael Dickson slammed Omar’s tweet using her own words when she denounced American lawmakers in a tweet earlier this year. Stand With Us is a nonprofit international education group that combats anti-Semitism.
“I suppose you think it’s all about the Benjamins,” Dickson said. “We get your insinuation. True to form.”
Dickson’s statement follows an outrage that Omar sparked last month when she tweeted claiming that the lack of criticism from American lawmakers toward Israeli policies was “all about Benjamins” and under The American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) influence.
Omar implied in her comments that AIPAC had compensated U.S. lawmakers for their support of the Jewish state, according to Fox News.
“Omar very carefully making an anti-Semitic tweet with just enough vagueness to claim that [actually] she meant it was about the [Benjamins] and not about religion,” a twitter user named Josh Jordan wrote. “But everyone knows what she meant, which is why she continues to do it.”
The Minnesota congresswoman’s supporters rushed to her aid to accuse critics of twisting her words but were immediately shot down.
One of Omar’s defenders, Leah Greenberg, tweeted saying that the criticism toward Omar “should be given no credence whatsoever” and attempted to justify the Minnesota congresswoman’s tweet by calling her opinion “a pretty standard observation.”
Twitter user Michael Elgort explained to Greenberg why he believes she was wrong.
“There is no effort to twist anything and you know this,” Elgort wrote in response to Greenberg’s tweet. “Dogwhistles are called like that on purpose and have meaning behind it. At the same time there are news on [Jeff] Bezos who chatted with Bloomberg, but she picks another billionaire who happens to be Jewish.”
“I am a progressive who lives in [Omar’s] district,” another tweet addressing an attempt to defend Omar said, adding that “there is no doubt in my mind that [Omar] has something against Jewish people.”
Omar has since deleted the tweets and apologized for them, after her comments drew intense bipartisan criticism House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) demanded she apologize.
The Minnesota congresswoman defended herself against accusations of her being anti-Semitic time and again after being condemned but the reality shows otherwise.
She claimed her intention is “never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole” and is “willing to step back and think through criticism,” but appears to have never taken her critics’ words to heart.
In one of her controversial tweets in 2012, the Minnesota congresswoman was lambasted for saying Israel had “hypnotized the world” into turning a blind eye on the way it treats Palestinians during the Gaza conflict in which she figuratively incited anti-Semitism.
Omar was also under fire after having grossly downplayed, in March this year, the 9/11 terror bombing by calling it a catastrophe in which “some people did something.”