WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is calling on Ilhan Omar to resign over a series of tweets in which the freshman Democratic Rep. criticized the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” Omar wrote in a now-infamous tweet last weekend, suggesting that the only reason congressional leaders were backing Israel is for the purpose of making money.
In another tweet, after being asked who she thought was paying members of Congress to support Israel, Omar responded, “AIPAC!”
Omar’s tweets sparked a wave of backlash from both sides of the political fence, including from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) who rebuked the Minnesota Democrat’s anti-Semitic remarks.
“Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive,” Pelosi said in a statement issued by her office and signed by other Democratic leaders. “We condemn these remarks, and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.”
The verbal spanking led Omar to apologize for the comments in an effort to quell the controversy.
“We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me about my identity,” Omar tweeted Monday. “This is why I unequivocally apologize.”
Omar’s apology fell on deaf ears when it came to President Donald Trump, however, who referred to her explanation as “lame”.
Asked on Air Force One en route to El Paso, Texas, about the controversy Monday night, Trump said the congresswoman “should be ashamed of herself” for the tweets.
“I think it was a terrible statement, and I don’t think her apology was adequate,” he said. Asked what she should have said, Trump replied: “She knows what to say.”
Speaking to reporters during a Cabinet meeting Tuesday morning, Trump again raised the issue.
“Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress,” Trump said. “I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the foreign affairs committee.”
A spokesperson for Omar’s office said the congresswoman would have “no further comment” on the controversy when reached for statement late Tuesday.