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Pelosi Defends Omar: ‘I Don’t Think That the Congresswoman Is Anti-Semitic’

"I don't think that the congresswoman is anti-Semitic. I wouldn't even put those in the same category..."

By NTK Staff | 04.16.2019 @3:10pm

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) defended Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) during an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday, saying that she didn’t think that Omar was anti-Semitic.

Amanpour asked Pelosi about recent criticism that has been directed at Omar for using anti-Semitic tropes, and she asked Pelosi whether she was concerned for Omar’s safety.

“Yes, but I don’t think that the congresswoman is anti-Semitic. I wouldn’t even put those in the same category,” Pelosi said.

Amanpour interjected that Omar has been accused of anti-Semitism.

Since being sworn into office in January, Omar has tweeted anti-Semitic tropes, and on another occasion accused Jewish Americans of aving a dual loyalty to the U.S. and Israel.

“Well, she’s being accused of it, but I’m — I criticized the president for using film of — video of 9/11 as a political tool. I think he was wrong to do that,” Pelosi said. “But to enlarge the issue back to the anti-Semitism as the premise of your question, for a long time now I have said to our people that we have sent to these meetings, whether it’s the NATO interparliamentary group, this group or that group, there are all kinds of places where parliamentarians come together, whether bilateral or multilaterally.”

“I’ve always said, you know, you go there, use your judgment. You know the values of our caucus. But one guidance I give everyone is that I want you to say, when you’re there, that we are concerned about anti-Semitism raising its head all over, including in our own country,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi then addressed her recent meeting with British politician and Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, who has also been accused of anti-Semitism.

“When we met the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, we said we have concerns about how the Labour Party is perceived in terms of anti-Semitism,” Pelosi said.

Amanpour followed up by asking Pelosi whether she was concerned that President Trump would paint the Democratic Party as anti-Semitic in the upcoming elections.

“Well, no, no. No, I think the president is bankrupt of any ideas. I don’t want to talk about the president here because I’m overseas. But come see me in Washington, D.C., and I’ll tell you what I think about that, the president,” Pelosi said. “We have no taint of that in the Democratic Party. And just because they want to accuse somebody of that doesn’t mean that we take that bait.”

Amanpour then asked Pelosi whether she jumped to Omar’s defense quickly enough.

“I haven’t had a chance to speak with her. I’m traveling, she’s traveling, but we couldn’t catch up with her. Until I talk to somebody, I don’t even know what was said. But I do know what the president did was not right,” Pelosi said.

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