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The Morning Briefing: Omar Is Sorry, Deal or No Deal, and Much, Much More

Good Tuesday morning.

Here is what's on the president's agenda today:

  • The president hosts a Cabinet meeting
  • President Trump meets with the governor of New York

Omar apologizes for remarks about Jews

After the Democrats, who cash an awful lot of Jewish checks, slapped Rep. Ilhan Omar around for making public statements that might be are considered anti-Semitic, Omar apologized. Because she didn't know that what she said was wrong? No, of course she knew.

“Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception," Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement, joined by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Caucus Vice Chair Katherine Clark.

“We are and will always be strong supporters of Israel in Congress because we understand that our support is based on shared values and strategic interests. Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share," the statement continued. [I'm laughing my ass off here.]

"But Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments," they said. "As Democrats and as Americans, the entire Congress must be fully engaged in denouncing and rejecting all forms of hatred, racism, prejudice and discrimination wherever they are encountered,” the statement reads.

To which Omar responded:

As I said yesterday, Omar is really only guilty of using her out-loud voice to make anti-Semitic gestures. Let's see if this keeps her public outbursts in check.


Democrats forced to confront growing divide over Israel heading into 2020

If Omar were a Republican, this would be all over the front pages and news shows: Former KKK Grand Wizard Defends Omar Tweets

Ilhan Omar Praises Dem Activist Calling AIPAC ‘Central Pillar of the Occupation’ After Apologizing for Anti-Semitic Tweets

Trump in El Paso

Here is a summary of Trump's event yesterday in El Paso. Robert Francis O'Rourke held a competing rally nearby.


Trump: People saying wall hasn't made difference in El Paso are 'full of crap'

El Paso mayor: Trump was wrong about crime in speech

Beto O'Rourke clashes with Trump over border wall in dueling events

"With the eyes of the country upon us, all of us together are going to make our stand, here in one of the safest cities in the United States of America -- safe not because of walls, but in spite of walls..." said Beto.