Orange County Congresswoman Young Kim has called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from her committee assignment on the House Committees on Foreign Affairs and on Education and Labor after Omar’s repeated anti-Semitic comments.
In her relatively short tenure, Omar has alleged that Jews buy their influence with money, accused Jewish-Americans of possessing dual loyalty, and supported the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. She even submitted a resolution in the House that sought to compare boycotting Israel to boycotting the Nazis.
The anti-Semitism emerging from Omar has been so egregious that infamous neo-Nazi David Duke referred to her as “the most important Member of the US Congress.” If that’s not enough, she was even voted “Anti-Semite of the Year” by stopantisemitism.org.
In a letter sent to Pelosi with support from her GOP colleagues, Kim writes that Omar is fueling skyrocketing nationwide violence against Jewish communities as well as denigrating ties with Israel, the United States’ most important Middle East ally.
Omar’s comments and her prominent House positions send “a dangerous signal to our allies and our adversaries alike that the United States tolerates anti-Semitism, that we no longer believe in the long-term mission of supporting free peoples and free markets, and that we no longer remain committed to combatting acts of terror against the United States or our allies,” the letter writes.
When faced with backlash for her racist comments, Omar only ever provides a “hollow and meaningless apology,” Kim’s letter writes, and that the only rebuke that would have a meaningful impact on her is being removed from her committee assignments.
Congresswoman Young Kim’s call to action against growing anti-Semitism exemplifies her ability make real change in Congress, when many other politicians are all talk. This is not her first time fighting against hate either, as just recently she spoke on the House floor detesting hate crimes against Asian-Americans and was a strong proponent of a bill that made it easier to report hate crimes.