Retired tennis player Martina Navratilova is once again in the ‘eye of the storm’ of her liberal friends, after she replied to a tweet with an anti-Semitic connotation made by the controversial Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
Omar shared the article where CNBC reports that Jewish billionaire investor Leon Cooperman is going to support Mike Boomberg—also a Jewish millionaire—in his candidacy for the Democratic primary, but ironically the congresswoman attached the comment: “I wonder why?”
Martina Navratilova, an icon of women’s tennis, immediately warned Omar for making another antisemitic statement on Twitter. Navratilova tweeted in response: “This is a wrong thing to say, Congresswoman.”
Navratilova’s profile picture on Twitter is not what it seems at first glance. It’s an image of Trump’s MAGA (Make America Great Again) cap with the word “Greta” replacing the word “Great”, as a nod to teen climate activist Greta Thunberg.
In response to her comment, Navratilova received a large number of comments defending Omar.
Navratilova responded to the criticisms: “Generalizing is wrong, no matter which “group” of people one talk about. It’s about assigning labels and I hate that.”
Navratilova clarified her criticism of the Muslim legislator, saying: “I’m talking about the fact that I don’t like to group people, regardless of who is doing the grouping. It has nothing to do with gender, religion, party, etc. I abhor any kind of prejudice…”
This is not the first time the retired tennis player has taken a public stand in opposition to her friends on the left. In February, Navratilova was attacked by the left for claiming that it is a form of “cheating” that men who changed their gender can compete in women’s sports teams.
Within the LGBT community, to which she belongs, she was labeled “transfobic” when she said in a British media column that many transgender people, even if they have undergone hormone treatment, have an unfair advantage over other biologically female competitors.
Omar’s ‘anti-Semitic’ comments
In January, Omar defended a 2012 tweet in which he called Israel “evil” and said the Jewish state “has hypnotized the world,” expressing annoyance at the idea that her remarks “would be offensive to Jewish Americans.”
A month later, Omar accused U.S. politicians of supporting the Jewish state because of the “Benjamins,” a slang term for money. When asked who is paying U.S. leaders to be pro-Israeli, she simply replied: “AIPAC,” an acronym for American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
Her comments were repudiated even by liberal members of the Democratic Party, while President Trump urged her to resign because of her recurring antisemitic remarks.
“I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said,” President Trump wrote on Twitter.
The so-called ‘squad’ is made up of progressive members of Congress: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayana Pressley.