By Caitlin Oprysko, Politico
President Donald Trump called for freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar’s resignation on Tuesday amid a firestorm over recent social media posts by the Minnesota Democrat, for which she has since apologized, that many have labeled anti-Semitic.
Omar on Sunday implied that politicians pushed for policies beneficial to Israel because they are financially beholden to pro-Israel lobbying groups like AIPAC. Those suggestions, posted to Omar's Twitter account, were roundly condemned by Republicans and Democrats alike for playing into anti-Semitic tropes and stereotypes.
Trump brought up Omar’s tweets in a Cabinet meeting at the White House on Tuesday, calling Omar’s apology for the tweets “lame” and insincere, and contending that the sentiment conveyed in the Twitter posts are “deep-seated in her heart.”
“Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress,” the president said.
Omar’s comments drew a rare rebuke from the leaders of her own party on Monday, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the rest of Democratic leadership condemning the tweets for their “use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters” and called them “deeply offensive.” The freshman Democrat soon after tweeted that she “unequivocally” apologized for the remarks but insisted that she would remain firm in her opposition to the outsize role that she said lobbying money plays in Washington politics.
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