House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) pledged to yank Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from her position on the House Foreign Affairs Committee over her history of “anti-Semitism.”
McCarthy, who is set to take the Speaker’s gavel in January when the GOP assumes control of the body, reaffirmed his commitment to the Republican Jewish Congress’ 2022 meeting in Las Vegas.
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) November 20, 2022
On Saturday, McCarthy told the gathering that the nation has seen a rise in anti-Semitism, and “not just on our campuses.” He stated that the issue is one that also plagues “the halls of Congress.”
As a video posted on Twitter revealed, the audience cheered when McCarthy recalled his promise that Omar would be removed from Foreign Affairs. He followed up by asserting that he will stand by that promise.
McCarthy was selected by Republican representatives to be the next Speaker of the House after the midterms. That move, however, will not be final until January and hinges on his securing enough support.
Omar, who also referred to the soon-to-be Speaker as a “liar” and a coward,” has made several disparaging statements concerning the Israeli state.
Examples of the Minnesota representative’s clear disregard for the Jewish nation and its people are not difficult to find. Omar was heard saying that “(it was) all about the Benjamins” when referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
Another instance came in an infamous tweet in which she drew a parallel between Israel, the U.S., and the Taliban.
Omar posted “we have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.” She suffered fierce criticism for comparing the country she serves in Congress along with the Jewish state to known terrorist groups.
And in 2019, Omar continued her criticism of Israel by proposing a resolution supporting the right to boycott the nation. She compared the action to previous boycotts of both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
The pledge by McCarthy, who has also mentioned other Democrats as having shaky holds on their committee memberships, is hardly unprecedented. Last year, Democrats pulled Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from her committee over repeating QAnon conspiracy theories.