In a Friday, June 11 interview with Fox New’s Fox & Friends, Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) told the hosts that Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) should not remain in her committee assignments in Congress.
“I think she absolutely should be fired. This is a pattern with her, too. This isn’t just a one-off,” the Texas Republican said.
“She has a pattern of antisemitic comments. She’s constantly trying to make you believe that America is a bad place, not worthy of our praise at all,” he continued
Crenshaw was singling out Ilhan Omar’s latest comment on Israel which incited controversy even among many of her colleagues.
In her June 7 Tweet, the congresswoman leveled the U.S. and Israel with terrorist groups Hamas and the Taliban, condemning that all of which had committed “unthinkable atrocities.”
“We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,” Omar wrote. “I asked [Secretary of State Antony Blinken] where people are supposed to go for justice.”
Her rhetoric quickly ignited flashbacks from both parties, but all attention was drawn on the leftist side when a group of Democrats responded to her remarks two days later, calling it “as offensive as it is misguided” and demanded clarification.
“Ignoring the differences between democracies governed by the rule of law and contemptible organizations that engage in terrorism at best discredits one’s intended argument and at worst reflects deep-seated prejudice,” derided in a statement signed by Reps. Brad Schneider (D-Ill), Brad Sherman (D-Calif), Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J), Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass), and Ted Deutch (D-Fla).
Omar was unnerved by her fellow party members’ criticisms; while saying that it was “shameful” for them to require “clarification” instead of just calling for clearer comments, she added that “the constant harassment [and] silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable.”
Reacting to the letter, several members of House Democrats had voiced support in favor of Omar.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich) defended the second-term Minnesota Democrat that her remark was wrongfully misinterpreted by the individuals who signed the statement against her.
Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo) jumped in the conversation, saying it was “anti-blackness and Islamophobia” for the Dems to take offense at Omar’s words.
One other defense on Omar came from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who said the disagreements could have gone on in private instead of public statements, which could compromise her safety.
Omar afterward clarified her Monday call to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday, June 10, declaring that her original message did not aim at the ethical dilemmas between the two democracies.
“To be clear: the conversation was about accountability for specific incidents regarding those ICC cases, not a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel,” she said according to Fox News.
It is believed that her explanation was adequate to settle the internal conflict between the Democrats, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) subsequently said that she would leave Omar’s rhetoric comments behind.
“I think that she clarified her remarks, and that was—we accepted that. And she has a point that she wanted to make and she has a right to make that point,” Pelosi told a reporter. “There was some unease about how it was interpreted. She made her clarification.”