Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) found herself embroiled in controversy this week after she was accused of sending out tweets with loaded anti-semitic sentiments. Omar apologized for the tweets, demonstrating a genuine desire to not repeat her mistake. While some of the criticism was certainly legitimate, much of it was done in bad faith, propagated by Republicans who have no real interest in combatting bigotry but who saw an opportunity to attack a Muslim woman of color and seized upon it.
The idea that the GOP — which is led by avowed racist Donald Trump, and whose ranks contain such absolute creeps as white nationalist Rep. Steve King of Iowa — actually cares about anti-semitism in America might be funny if it weren’t so fundamentally pernicious and evil. The modern Republican Party is riddled with neo-nazis, xenophobes and other myriad moral monsters. They have no leg to stand on when it comes to these issues and no right to feign outrage over Omar’s tweets.
Seeing an opening to smear a political opponent, President Trump called for Representative Omar to resign, despite the fact that he has not made the same call for the more blatantly hateful members of his party. It was a pathetically transparent political ploy on his part.
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Not one to easily back down in the face of a bully, Omar hit back by correctly stating that Trump has “trafficked in hate” against a wide array of people his entire life. She stated that she has learned about the impact of her words but that Trump has not.
You have trafficked in hate your whole life—against Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more. I learned from people impacted by my words. When will you? https://t.co/EqqTyjkiNE
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 13, 2019
Now, CNN’s Jake Tapper has waded into the conversation. During a humorous segment on his show in which pretended to be having technical difficulties in his studio, Tapper repeatedly played clips of Trump and other Republicans saying bigoted/anti-semitic things while pretending as if he was simply trying to pull up Omar’s tweets for his viewers.
It was a brilliant breakdown of the rank hypocrisy on display in the GOP, and a clear reminder that people in glass houses should not throw rocks.
Watch the clip below.
— Evan Rosenfeld (@Evan_Rosenfeld) February 13, 2019