California Republican Kevin McCarthy, the new Speaker of the House, is doing exactly what he said he would do. This week he ousted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from the House Foreign Affairs Committee because of her long history of anti-Semitism.
At one time she argued that American support of Israel was “all about the Benjamins.” There are 222 Republicans in the House now, and 218 voted to remove Omar.
“For years, Democratic leadership has failed to hold Rep. Ilhan Omar accountable for her vile, hateful, and dangerous anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric,” the Republican Jewish Coalition said in a statement. “Today, Republicans, under Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s leadership, kept their promise to remove Rep. Omar from the prestigious and crucially important House Foreign Affairs Committee.”
The Republican Jewish Coalition has been working for Rep. Omar’s removal from this important committee and they said that they were grateful that she will no longer be in such a privileged position and able to influence legislation that is focused on US policy toward Israel and the Middle East.
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The Republicans’ resolution said that Omar had “brought dishonor to the House of Representatives” with her antisemitic comments and she had disqualified herself from having a place on the Foreign Affairs committee.
Not everyone was happy in the House, in fact, Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan broke down in tears on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday.
“Where are the free speech warriors today?” Tlaib asked. “The hypocrisy is obvious to the American people, you are showing who you all are really.”
She broke into tears and continued to speak even though she was told multiple times that the time had expired.
“I know that Congresswoman Omar will not be silenced,” Tlaib yelled. “To Congresswoman Omar, I am so sorry sis, that our country is failing you today through this chamber!”
Tlaib’s microphone was eventually turned off.
Rashida Tlaib literally breaks down in tears over Ilhan Omar being removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee. pic.twitter.com/Q81minIxvJ
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 2, 2023