Pelosi Assures Media That Democrats Are Totally Not Anti-Semitic
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) assured CNN's Christiane Amanpour that, despite the fact that Rep. Ilhan Omar's every word seems to be dripping with anti-Semitism, there is "no taint" of it in the Democratic Party.
Pelosi was interviewed by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour during her trip to Dublin, Ireland, and was asked about criticism of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for her comments about Israel.
“I don’t think that the congresswoman is anti-Semitic, I wouldn’t even put those two in the same category,” Pelosi said on CNN.
“But she’s being accused of it,” Amanpour said.
“She’s being accused of it,” Pelosi said, before noting she “criticized the president for using film of 9/11 as a political tool. He was wrong to do that.” Pelosi added that she advises members of her party to be vigilant about anti-Semitism “raising its head” both abroad and in the United States.
I have often written that Pelosi is a most formidable speaker and should never be taken lightly. She is, however, often a train wreck when speaking extemporaneously. Here she seems to be laying the blame for any thoughts of Rep. Omar's seeming anti-Semitism on the president.
The thing about that is that President Trump was responding to yet another foot-in-mouth moment from the rookie House member.
Perhaps someone should remind Madame Speaker that as recently as oh, last month, the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee was calling out Omar for being anti-Semitic.
Since then, they've rallied the troops in defense of Omar and her BFF, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
The problem for the Dems is that both of them keep talking.
The media would have you believe that Republicans and conservative media types are forever spinning what these women are saying.
Nope. We're just quoting them.
It's pretty easy to see that the critics of these two are hitting on some uncomfortable truths when the old white op-ed guys at The New York Times are playing the race card to defend them:
It’s surely not an accident that these two principal targets are both women of color; there’s a sense in which supposed concerns about extremism are just a cover for sexism and white nationalism.
It also doesn't help that Louis Farrakhan's ragingly anti-Semitic Nation of Islam released a video in support of Omar on Tuesday. As PJM's Tyler O'Neil wrote in his post about it, they may want to loudly distance themselves from that.
Or Pelosi may want to try and regain control of her caucus and tell the problem children to keep quiet for a while.