Dem Rep Schakowsky Excuses Omar: “She Comes from a Different Culture”
Rep Ilan Omar has been under scrutiny ever since it came to light that she has a pretty clear bias against Jewish people and Israel. Dem Rep Jan Schakowsky feels that this is not her fault as she is from a different culture. But if her job is to serve all Americans including Jewish people is this really ok?
Rep Schakowsky appeared on MSNBC News with host Hallie Jackson. They discussed the current controversy.
“Jackson: So It’s our understanding it’s been reported that in that feisty caucus meeting yesterday, you stood up and at one point pleaded with your colleagues “everybody stop tweeting.” Do you think that what’s been going on, as it relates to this resolution, is creating problems inside the party and is a distraction from what you want to do legislatively?
Rep. Schakowsky: I’m going to answer all of your questions about this, but I certainly wish that the media would start to also really cover as a big deal the fact that the House, for the first time in 25 years, passed two gun-safety legislation for background checks. Tomorrow, we have one of the biggest bills to make sure that we have fair elections–
Jackson: –Huge bill on voting and ethics reform, right absolutely. But, Congresswoman, I think you would acknowledge that is getting lost in the shuffle because of these other disagreements related to the issues that are going on right now.
Rep. Schakowsky: I think it’s because — the press included, Hallie, I’m sorry, also likes to exploit these kinds of, maybe, heighten more sexy kinds of battles, and it is not a battle. I want to tell you that. I did say “stop tweeting” in that caucus yesterday because I think that this is not a conversation that we ought to have on social media and in the public. But if you want to know the truth, the majority of us, the vast majority, are going to be voting for a resolution that I hope puts this to bed — that says, yes, as a Jew, antisemitism is a huge deal, the antisemitic acts are up 50 percent over last year.
But Islamophobia is also a huge problem, and I want to tell you that Ilhan Omar, Congresswoman, is under tremendous attack, death threats. I think maybe she needs some security. And why? Because I think, in part, the Republicans and the media have blown this up to be much more than it is. We do have to deal with the kind of diversity in our caucus. I want to tell you, Ilhan talked to me personally… Not only did she apologize for the words that she has used, but she apologized personally to me as a Jew.
I want to tell you, part of being a Jew is to be welcoming to the stranger. And I want to tell you, Ilhan Omar is a refugee from Somalia. She comes from a different culture. She has things to learn. I am not either trivializing antisemitism or the things that she said or saying that it’s okay that she said them, but what I am saying is that I think this is a learning moment for her and a learning moment for the caucus on how to get along and franly we are concentrating on the things that people really care about.”
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Rep. Schakowsky thinks that Rep Omar is just not familiar with the culture and that things will turn out fine. She even said Omar apologized to her about her comments. Why can’t she just do this publically. It would put the whole thing to bed. Right now she comes across as arrogant on Twitter as she continues to talk about how she serves Americans not Israel. A public apology would go a long way. But still as a politician she needs to realize that she should not be coming down on Jewish Americans and Israel is our ally there is no reason to burn that bridge.
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