“In an extraordinary rebuke,” wrote ABC News on Monday afternoon, “Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other House Democratic leaders call[ed] on Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar to apologize for ‘anti-Semitic’ comments she made on Twitter.”
And now, the Minnesota Democrat finally has done so.
“I unequivocally apologize,” Omar wrote on Twitter on Monday after she drew widespread criticism from a range of political leaders on both sides of the aisle for comments of hers that many deemed anti-Semitic.
The Somali-American, a Muslim, was elected in November 2018 during the midterms.
She also said, “Listening and learning, but also standing strong.”
“Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception,” Pelosi said in a statement about the issue on Monday.
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Pelosi was joined in that statement by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), and Caucus Vice Chair Katherine Clark (D-Mass.).
“We are and will always be strong supporters of Israel in Congress because we understand that our support is based on shared values and strategic interests. Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share,” the statement continued.
It also went on: “But Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments. As Democrats and as Americans, the entire Congress must be fully engaged in denouncing and rejecting all forms of hatred, racism, prejudice and discrimination wherever they are encountered.”
Pelosi tweeted on Monday that she had spoken with Omar about the issue, adding, “Congresswoman Omar and I agreed that we must use this moment to move forward as we reject anti-Semitism in all forms.”
This earned praise from some Republicans almost right away, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas):
Ted Cruz tweets “Bravo Nancy” after Pelosi called on Omar to apologize for “use of anti-Semitic tropeshttps://thehill.com/homenews/senate/429457-ted-cruz-tweets-bravo-nancy-after-dem-leadership-criticizes-omar pic.twitter.com/wVEVj3DK9D
— The Hill (@thehill) February 11, 2019
The initial tweet from Omar that sparked the avalanche of condemnation suggested that the GOP’s support of Israel was driven by money.
“It’s all about the Benjamins, baby,” Omar wrote on Sunday, appending a musical note symbol.
“Benjamins,” as she used it, appeared (among other things) to be a reference to …