Recently, house speaker Nancy Pelosi overruled a call for an apology on anti-Semitic Democrat Ilhan Omar for her anti-Jewish remark from Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel. Engel demanded that Omar apologizes for her “vile antisemitic slur”.
Nancy Pelosi, on Capitol Hill, stated she doesn’t believe Omar suggesting pro-Israel groups pressure lawmakers into hold “allegiance” to a foreign country was made with “any antisemitic attitude.”
“I understand how advocates come in with their enthusiasms, but when you cross that threshold into Congress, your words weigh much more,” Pelosi replied after she was asked if Omar should issue an apology.
Engel criticized Omar recently for trafficking in anti-Jewish tropes and called Democrat to apologize for her “vile antisemitic slur.”
“I welcome debate in Congress based on the merits of policy, but it’s unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow American citizens because of their political views, including support for the U.S.-Israel relationship,” Engel said. “Her comments were outrageous and deeply hurtful, and I ask that she retract them, apologize, and commit to making her case on policy issues without resorting to attacks that have no place in the Foreign Affairs Committee or the House of Representatives,” he continued.