Pelosi Asked To Strip Ilhan Omar Of Special Powers

( If Democrats don’t remove Representative Ilhan Omar from her post on the Foreign Affairs Committee now, Republicans will do so once they re-take control of the House following the 2022 midterm elections.

Those were the words of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday, when he said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should take action now rather than wait for Republicans to do it in two years.

Speaking about Omar, the progressive Democrat from Minnesota, on Fox News this week, McCarthy said:

“This is an individual that has not once, but on numerous occasions, been anti-Semitic. Her own entire Congress had to rebuke her in (the) last one, but she’s not just anti-Semitic, she’s anti-American now and equating America to the Taliban, to Hamas.”

Omar, a prominent member of the progress group The Squad in the House, angered lawmakers on both sides of the aisle last week when she tweeted:

“We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan and the Taliban.”

It’s plain disgusting that any American lawmaker would compare three democratic governments to two organizations that the U.S. has labeled as terrorist groups.

She issued a clarification later in the week, but only because Pelosi and other Democratic leaders in the House pressured her to do so. Reluctantly, Omar said people misunderstood her comments.

She said she never made “a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel,” and also was “in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems.”

The problem with that claim, though, is it’s very hard to believe her. Omar has made outrageous statements like that in the past, and almost all of them have to do with being against what Israel is doing and how the U.S. shouldn’t support them.

For his part, McCarthy didn’t threaten directly to force a censure vote for Omar, or to force a vote to kick her off the committee. At the same time, leaders of the GOP in the House did discuss the issue when they met on Monday. They are expected to discuss it at further length later in the week, too.

On Sunday, Pelosi said she wouldn’t rebuke Omar. While she condemned her original statements and asked for a clarification to them, Pelosi also called Omar a “valued member of our caucus … She clarified. We thanked her. End of subject.”

That won’t be the end of the subject, though, should Republicans take control of the House in the 2022 midterm elections, though. As McCarthy said:

“I will promise you this: If we are fortunate enough to have the majority, Omar would not be serving on Foreign Affairs, or anybody that has an anti-Semitic, anti-American view. That is not productive, and that is not right.”

It’s understandable that Democrats would stand behind one of their own, so they don’t appear to abandon members of their caucus. At the same time, it’s despicable considering what Omar said recently — and what she has said many times in the past.