House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee, and if she doesn't, Republicans will do it if they take control of the House in the 2022 midterm election, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Tuesday.
"This is an individual that has not once, but on numerous occasions, been anti-Semitic," McCarthy said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" about Omar, D-Minn. "Her own entire Congress had to rebuke her in (the) last one, but she's not just anti-Semitic, she's anti-American now and equating America to the Taliban, to Hamas."
Omar came under fire after she tweeted last week: "We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban."
She has since offered a clarification, saying in a statement that her comments were misunderstood and that she had never made “a moral comparison between Hamas and the Taliban and the U.S. and Israel" and that she was "in no way equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries with well-established judicial systems," reports The New York Times.
“I will promise you this: If we are fortunate enough to have the majority, Omar would not be serving on Foreign Affairs, or anybody that has an anti-Semitic, anti-American view," McCarthy further commented Tuesday. "That is not productive, and that is not right.”
McCarthy did not directly threaten to force a vote to censure Omar or to kick her off the committee, but Republican leaders discussed the situation while meeting Monday and the matter is expected to be brought up again at a conference meeting today.
Pelosi on Sunday, while addressing the situation, insisted that House Democrats have not rebuked the Minnesota Democrat. She also called Omar a "valued member of our caucus" and said, "she clarified, we thanked her, end of subject."
McCarthy also on Tuesday said he's concerned about President Joe Biden's upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"America's worse off because of Biden's weakness," said McCarthy. "We're actually a country in crisis. The families are concerned about crime, about costs, about competitiveness. If you're sitting here drinking coffee today you're paying more. If you're eating the cereal, the milk costs more. If you get in your car and drive to work your gas costs more."
Crime is also rising, said McCarthy, and the border is not controlled.
"Fentanyl has increased by 300% and now we have a president who stopped America from being energy-independent (with the) Keystone XL pipeline but rewarded Putin with Nord Stream 2 to give Russia greater control over Europe,' said McCarthy. "We are currently in a crisis based on Biden's weakness. Had he literally done nothing when he went into office, America would be stronger today."
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