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Dem Rep Defends Omar's Tweets: ‘I Wouldn't Take It as Anti-Semitism'


Added 02-11-19 10:20:02am EST - “Rep. Dan Kildee defended Rep. Ilhan Omar's Sunday night tweets criticizing Republican lawmakers for being bought by the pro-Israel lobbying group? AIPAC.” - Freebeacon.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Freebeacon.com: “Dem Rep Defends Omar's Tweets: 'I Wouldn't Take It As Anti-Semitism'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Rep. Dan Kildee (D., Mich.) defended Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D., Minn.) Sunday night tweets criticizing Republican lawmakers for being bought by the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC.

"I wouldn't take it as anti-Semitism," Kildee said on CNN's "New Day." "I would say that she probably objects to the fact that when it comes to issues around foreign policy, or comes to issue specifically to Israel, there are a lot of interests, a lot of folks who make campaign contributions based on a person's position on Israel."

On Sunday night, Omar linked to a tweet by Intercept journalist Glenn Greenwald, which criticized Republicans for calling out Omar and her fellow freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) for being anti-Israel. Omar wrote, "It's all about the Benjamins baby."

Forward opinion editor Batya Ungar-Sargon responded  to call out Omar for using an "anti-Semitic trope" and asked her who is "paying American politicians to be pro-Israel."

Kildee was asked to explain Omar's suggestion that Republicans who criticize her rhetoric have been bought by "Jewish money."

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