Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Samantha Bee Says Democrats Threw Ilhan Omar 'Under The Bus'

Samantha Bee Says Democrats Threw Ilhan Omar 'Under The Bus'

'I'd be pretty uncomfortable supporting Rep. Omar right now, given ... her apparent inability to stop insulting Jews...'

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) listens during a news conference on prescription drugs on January 10, 2019.

Democratic Party officials interviewed by The Hill said they have not yet decided on an alternative candidate, but "frustrations are mounting".

"I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country", she said.

Some Minnesota Democrats have begun looking to recruit someone to mount a primary challenge against Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., after her comments about Israel and AIPAC, The Hill reports.

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Bee also pointed out that Omar is just one of a group of freshman representatives that are not satisfied with the status quo and have brought to the forefront a number of hard and long-overdue conversations, including that of Israel and Palestine, and she encouraged Democrats to take control of that conversation. There are even a couple contenders: State Senator Bobby Joe Champion, and Minneapolis City Councilwoman Andrea Jenkins, the first openly transgender African-American woman elected to public office in the U.S. In one episode she appeared to accuse politicians of being bought off by Jewish interests, and in another she accused Jews of having a "dual loyalty" to defend Israel.

"Our community is exasperated by Rep. Omar's unfulfilled promises to listen and learn from Jewish constituents while seemingly simultaneously finding another opportunity to make an anti-Semitic remark and insult our community", added the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota.

It was not the first time Omar had been criticized for imputing that Israel's most vocal American backers had been in some way compromised by their support for the state, leading to Democratic infighting over how to respond.

Latz, who supported Omar's rival in the 2018 Democratic primary, said the freshman Democrat should be anxious.

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