Rep. Reschenthaler Blasts Ilhan Omar: Antisemite Who Hates America

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In an exclusive statement made to Breitbart News on Thursday, Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) blasted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after the congresswoman equated the United States and Israel to Hamas terrorists and the Taliban, going so far as to describe her as unfit to serve in Congress.

In response to Omars comparison, the western Pennsylvania Republican congressman expressed vehement criticism.

Rep. Ilhan Omars recent statement comparing the United States and Israel to Hamas and theTaliban is absolutely disgusting, he said.

He then recalled his past experience having prosecuted some of Iraqs most dangerous terrorists while serving as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) in Iraq.

I sat face to face with some of the most wanted terrorists in the Middle East I know the evil and brutality Hamas and theTaliban are capable of inflicting, he said.

There is no comparison to the brave men and women who defend freedom and democracy in the U.S. and Israeli armed forces, and terrorists, he added.

Reschenthaler then accused Omar of bearing hate toward Jews and the U.S., declaring her unfit for her congressional role.

Omar is an antisemite who hates America and hates American troops, he said. She has no place serving in Congress.

He continued by blasting Democrats for refraining from holding her accountable thus far.

Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats could have put a stop to this by holding Omar accountable on the House floor for her repeated anti-Semitic and anti-American statements, he said.

Suggesting that the radical Democratic Party agrees with Omar, Reschenthaler concluded by accusing Democrats of acting out of fear of their base.

Unfortunately, todays radical Democrat Party agrees with Omars garbage, and House Democrats are afraid to draw the ire of the antisemitic, anti-American Democrat base, he said.

Hamas is a radical U.S.-designated Islamic terror organization, whose charter calls openly for the murder of Jews, and which launched over 4,000 terror rockets at Israel from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip over a period of 11 last this month.

In 2016, Taliban jihadists replaced their Islamic State (ISIS) counterparts as the worlds chief perpetrators of terrorist attacks, with 1,093 individual attacks, according to the U.S. Department of States Country Reports on Terrorism. In 2018, the Taliban overtook ISIS as the worlds deadliest terrorist group due to a rise in terrorist activity in Afghanistan.

On Monday, Omar stated that, We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity, before proceeding to accuse the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban of committing unthinkable atrocities.

In response, House Speaker Nancy Pelosis (D-CA) Democrat leadership team issued a mild rebuke.

Legitimate criticism of the policies of both the United States and Israel is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate, the joint statement read. But drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and stability for all.

The statement, signed by Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), and other team members, also sought clarification from Omar.

In addition, a dozen Jewish Democrat House members, led by Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL), issued a statement Wednesday urging Omar to clarify her words.

Portraying herself as a victim, Omar hit back at the shameful move on part of her fellow Democrats by claiming that, The Islamophobic tropes in this statement are offensive. The constant harassment & silencing from the signers of this letter is unbearable, and adding that the truth cant be hidden or silenced forever.

In another tweet, Omar blamed incitement against her on right-wing news articles and far right politicians.

In yet another, Omar still refusing to back down from her original comparison of the U.S. and Israel with Hamas and the Taliban blasted Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) and Democratic colleagues who won’t condemn him, labelling them Islamophobes.

Fellow squad members predictably rushed to Omars defense, continuing to paint her as the victim.

Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting of @IlhanMN coming from our caucus, wrote Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

Stop attacking @IlhanMN. Stop attacking us, wrote Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO).

I’m not surprised when Republicans attack black women for standing up for human rights. But when its Democrats, its especially hurtful. Were your colleagues. Talk to us directly, she added.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) praised Omars courage, adding that she is tired of Omars demonization.

I am tired of colleagues (both D+R) demonizing @IlhanMN. Their obsession with policing her is sick, she wrote.

In one tweet, Tlaib blamed Islamophobia for the backlash, going so far as to proclaim that, Freedom of speech doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress in another.

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) also attributed the backlash against Omar to racist and sexist biases on the part of her critics.

When a woman, person of color or Muslim speaks out against injustice, backlash ensues, he wrote. When @IlhanMN speaks out, the vitriol is compounded by her being all three.

As Democrats, we must recognize the biases that fuel personal attacks and defend our colleagues, he added.

The far-left Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) issued a statement in support of Omar, blaming a right-wing media echo chamber that has deliberately and routinely attacked a black, Muslim woman in Congress.

In a statement made to Breitbart News last month, Rep. Reschenthaler expressed outrage over comments made by “squad” member Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) which seemed to provide some legitimization for the Hamas terror groups recent attacks against Israel.

I am appalled that anyone in America, let alone an elected member of Congress, would blame Israel for Hamas firing over 4,000 rockets at innocent Israeli civilian populations, the congressman said.

He then accused those of shifting the blame to Israel as harboring antisemitic motives.

Blaming Israel and justifying terrorism against innocent Israeli civilians is wrong and deeply antisemitic pure and simple, he said.

Also last month, in response to a barrage of anti-Israel rhetoric from a slew of progressive Democrats, Rep. Reschenthaler stated that Israel has every right to defend itself against terrorist groups like Hamas, before blasting radical Democrats for their dishonesty.

Unfortunately, radical Democrats like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib would rather criticize Israel and spread lies about whos to blame for the chaos and suffering, he said.

Reschenthaler also called upon President Joe Biden to issue a condemnation on the matter.

President Biden needs to condemn the growing anti-Israel rhetoric in his party and restore President Trumps successful strategy for peace in the Middle East by defending our closest ally in the region in their time of need, he concluded.

In December, Reschenthaler blasted Rep. Tlaib for anti-Israel and antisemitic rhetoric, urging his colleagues across the aisle to join him in calling for her immediate removal from all congressional committees.

It is past time we show the American people that there is no place in Congress, or anywhere, for this shameful intolerance. I call on my colleagues across the aisle to join me in calling for Rep. Tlaib to immediately lose her committee assignments, he wrote.

Follow Joshua Klein on Twitter@JoshuaKlein.



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