Since entering Congress this month, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has found herself in damage control mode over her record of anti-Semitism. Yesterday, she managed to bring more heat on herself by smearing the Covington Catholic High School students who were harassed by the racist Black Hebrew Israelites and Native American activist Nathan Phillips at the March For Life. Omar is now running away from the latter, but sticking by the former.
Here, preserved for posterity, is Omar’s tweet regarding the Covington controversy:
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) January 23, 2019
The record will show that Omar’s tweet was false in every material respect. There is a video in which a teenager is heard shouting, “It’s not rape if you enjoy it,” but the person who promoted the video on Twitter admitted she did not know whether the boy attended Covington; it is a pure case of guilt by association:
Don't know if this boy attends Covington but I don't need him to for it to be representative of:
1. the MAGA hat culture
2. what was going on that day
3. the toxic male mob mentality of Covington
3. the hypocrisy of the "life" protest
4. what women and girls deal with daily
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) January 22, 2019
The “accuser even posted a longer version of the video where one of the boys says “he doesn’t go to Covington.” In addition, AG Conservative, who offers a service researching media bias, reports the incident involved a student from a different school.
The Covington students did not taunt any black men. As Reason magazine’s Robby Soave noted: “Far from engaging in racially motivated harassment, the group of mostly white, MAGA-hat-wearing male teenagers remained relatively calm and restrained despite being subjected to incessant racist, homophobic, and bigoted verbal abuse by members of the bizarre religious sect Black Hebrew Israelites, who were lurking nearby.”
Indeed, a review of the entire video shows that “Phillips enters the picture around the 1:12 mark, but if you skip to that part, you miss an hour of the Black Hebrew Israelites hurling obscenities at the students. They call them crackers, f****ts, and pedophiles. At the 1:20 mark (which comes after the Phillips incident) they call one of the few black students the n-word and tell him that his friends are going to murder him and steal his organs. At the 1:25 mark, they complain that ‘you give f*****s rights,’ which prompted booing from the students. Throughout the video they threaten the kids with violence, and attempt to goad them into attacking first. The students resisted these taunts admirably: They laughed at the hecklers, and they perform a few of their school’s sports cheers.”
It may be true that Nick Sandmann, the student thrust into the center of the left’s dishonest social media frenzy, is receiving help from a public relations firm (it appears he and other students are receiving pro bono legal aid, something the left usually favors). But here, Omar is essentially Capt. Renalt from “Casablanca” professing shock that gambling is going on at Rick’s Café Americain.
I remember suggesting reporters look into Sandra Fluke's PR operation. They pretended to be confused at idea high-priced and well connected professionals orchestrated the whole thing (and all the other things) They only even imagine the angle when it's a political opponent. https://t.co/o9HloVoLNc
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) January 23, 2019
Omar does not appear to have expressed similar shock over the capture of the Women’s March by the usual left-wing suspects. To the contrary, Omar made it one of her first acts as a congresswoman to meet with one of the march’s anti-Semitic co-chairs, Linda Sarsour.
Omar’s continued support for the likes of Sarsour is no surprise. While Omar has deleted her attack on the Covington students, this tweet remains posted to her feed:
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 16, 2012
Omar’s statement remains online despite the fact that she know acknowledges it is an “anti-semitic trope,” which she claims she used “unknowingly.” Omar further claims: “In all sincerity, it was after my CNN interview that I heard from Jewish orgs. that my use of the word ‘Hypnotize’ and the ugly sentiment it holds was offensive.”
In reality, the opinion editor and deputy news editor at the Forward, among others, sought comment from Omar on many occasions regarding her apparent anti-Semitism, and never got one. Indeed, Omar has yet to directly apologize for her comment and it is entirely possible that she only wants to disavow having used language that left little doubt as to her instinctive anti-Semitism.
Omar’s dissembling regarding anti-Semitism is not new, either. During her campaign she claimed the anti-Israel boycott, divest and sanctions [BDS] movement was “not helpful”and “counteractive.” After she won, however, she stated she “believes in and supports the BDS movement.”
The rationalization BDS supporters advance is to compare Israel to apartheid-era South Africa. Omar herself has referred to Israel as an “apartheid regime,” even though claiming the existence of a state of Israel is a racist endeavor falls within the “working definition” of anti-Semitism adopted by the United States and 30 other member states of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.
That Omar has left her anti-Semitic comments online while feigning remorse is telling. She deleted her attack on the Covington students even though it was merely an exaggerated form of the shameful distortions of the establishment media. But like Louis Farrakhan-loving Women’s March co-chair Tamika Mallory, Omar cannot bring herself to fully renounce other forms of bigotry.