Sin Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) rushed to the defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Monday, ripping Republicans for “upsetting” her.
House Republicans are in danger of being thrown out of their committee duties over alleged anti-Semitic remarks he has made in the past, for which he has apologized. Warren argued that Omar provides valuable information to Congress.
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“@IlhanMN is the first African-American congresswoman and the only member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee to have lived in a refugee camp. It’s a shame that Republicans are trying to remove her after smearing her for years. We need his voice, his values and his expertise on the Committee,” Warren tweeted.
.@IlhanMN is the first member of Congress of African descent and the only member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee to have lived in a refugee camp. It’s a shame that the Republicans are trying to remove it after smearing it for years. We need your voice, your values and your expertise on the Committee. https://t.co/e1M5ajM0T4
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) January 30, 2023
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced last week that he would block Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) from serving on the House Intelligence Committee. chamber He has also pledged to drop Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee.
The threat is widely seen as retaliation after Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) removed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and later Paul Gosar (R-AZ) from their committee assignments during last congress Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) appointed Omar to the House Foreign Affairs Committee earlier this month despite the threat, setting the stage for a showdown.
Some Republicans, such as Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), have expressed concern about the decision to expel the Democratic trio and have indicated they will vote against it. McCarthy and his conservative supporters have pointed to previous comments by Omar that they argue were anti-Semitic, such as a 2012 tweet when he said, “Israel has mesmerized the world” while committing “evil acts.” Omar has since apologized.
Warren’s tweet included a clip of Omar claiming the push to tear her down is “politically motivated.”
“It is motivated by the fact that many of these members do not believe that a Muslim, a refugee or an African should be in Congress, let alone have the opportunity to serve on the Foreign Affairs Committee,” Omar said. in the clip.
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Omar stopped short of bluntly accusing McCarthy of racism when asked. To remove Omar and others from the commission’s duties, the plenary must pass a resolution agreeing to it. Given the GOP’s frayed 222-213 House majority, Republicans could derail the effort.
McCarthy has reportedly held meetings with House Republicans to try to get them to support a resolution to uproot her.