Clyburn Says Omar’s Strife ‘More Personal’ Than for Children of Holocaust Survivors – NTK Network Clyburn Says Omar’s Strife ‘More Personal’ Than for Children of Holocaust Survivors

Clyburn Says Omar’s Strife ‘More Personal’ Than for Children of Holocaust Survivors

“There are people who tell me, ‘Well, my parents are Holocaust survivors.’ ‘My parents did this.’ It’s more personal with her,” James Clyburn told The Hill.

By NTK Staff | 03.07.2019 @10:22am
Clyburn Says Omar’s Strife ‘More Personal’ Than for Children of Holocaust Survivors

Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), House Democratic whip and one of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s top lieutenants, compared the experiences of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), a Somali refugee, and those of holocaust survivors during an interview with The Hill published Thursday.

Clyburn argued that Omar, who was born in Somalia, fled due to violence, and spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp, has had a more powerful experience than individuals whose parents are Holocaust survivors or were placed in Japanese internment camps.

Her experience, Clyburn argued, is much more empirical — and powerful — than that of people who are generations removed from the Holocaust, Japanese internment camps during World War II and the other violent episodes that have marked history.

“I’m serious about that. There are people who tell me, ‘Well, my parents are Holocaust survivors.’ ‘My parents did this.’ It’s more personal with her,” Clyburn said. “I’ve talked to her, and I can tell you she is living through a lot of pain.”

It’s perhaps the worst analogy Clyburn could have used, given that Omar has been repeatedly accused of anti-Semitic statements in the few short months she’s held office.

And this is not the first time that Clyburn has come to Omar’s defense. During a CNN interview last month, the South Carolina Democrat described the freshman as “an incredible young lady.”

Clyburn’s remarks this week come amid fierce debate among House Democrats over anti-Semitic comments made by Omar in recent weeks. Moderate Democrats are pushing Pelosi to bring forward a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, but liberals want to broaden the language of the resolution to include all forms of hate speech in an effort to take some of the heat off of Omar.

The open fight among Democrats is derailing progress they hoped to be making in other areas. Meanwhile, Democrats like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, are blasting Omar in op-eds, like this piece in The Atlantic:

Whether consciously or not, Representative Omar is repeating some of the ugliest stereotypes about Jews—tropes that have been unleashed by anti-Semites throughout history. She is casting Jewish Americans as the other, suggesting a dual loyalty that calls our devotion to America into question.

Maybe I’m sensitive to this charge of dual allegiance because it’s been wielded against me in some of my political campaigns. I’ve been accused of actually being a citizen of Israel.

The House is expected to vote on a resolution condemning Omar’s remarks on Thursday, but given the fact that Democrats continue to make excuses for her anti-Semitic statements, it’s unlikely the resolution will actually resolve anything.

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