Rep Ilhan Omar's tweet that United States politicians" support for Israel is "all about the Benjamins' sparked a furious backlash on Twitter, with cries of anti-Semitism from some, while others detailed the Israeli lobby's influence. Critics interpreted her comments as a perpetuation of anti-Semitic rhetorical tropes - that Jewish people pump money into support for Israel in the U.S. According to Politico, AIPAC doesn't donate directly to political candidates, but it is known for pushing a pro-Israel message in Washington.
Greenwald accused McCarthy of unjustly attacking the freshmen Muslim congresswomen, to which Omar replied, "It's all about the Benjamins, baby".
Ilhan Omar retweeted a criticism of one of her own tweets Sunday night accusing her of sharing an anti-Semitic trope as bad as calling Jewish people "hook-nosed".
Omar has previously expressed regret over a 2012 tweet in which she claimed Israel was "hypnotizing" the world.
He said that Israel is an indispensable US strategic ally in the Middle East, and it's "immoral" for Omar to suggest that Jews have "bought off" members of Congress. "Is she also Islamophobic for attacking Saudi's influence on American politics in exactly the same way?" "What she's insinuating or implying directly is that Jewish money is somehow controlling certain Democrats and people's positions toward Israel, '" Berman said.
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Host Bill Hemmer noted that Democrats like Chelsea Clinton and Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.) have called out Omar, which King applauded while noting the Democratic leadership has been "shamefully silent".
GOP groups, including the National Republican Campaign Committee, blasted Omar over the remarks. "But to go a step further and retweet someone declaring their pain at her sentiment is simply unacceptable".
"We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism", Clinton tweeted. We must call out smears from the GOP and their allies.
A spokesman for Omar said her statements "speak for themselves". "And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith", Omar tweeted at the former first daughter.