Phony Apology #1: Rep. Ilhan Omar

February 12, 2019

Monday was a red letter day for politics junkies.  It gave us a rare chance to witness examples of two distinct, classic styles of phony-baloney political “apologies” on the same day.

Phony Apology #1: Rep. Ilhan Omar

The most straightforward style of coerced, insincere apology came courtesy of Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar.  She sent out tweets suggesting that Congress members support Israel because they’re paid by the Jewish lobby.  She specifically cited AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.  FYI: AIPAC is a political action committee and does not give money to any individual politicians. 


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(Full disclosure: I am currently in Israel, which I have visited many times.  I am a great admirer of Israel, and not because anyone is paying me, Heaven knows.  Israel is not only America’s best friend and ally in this dangerous part of the world, it is the only democracy in the Middle East.  It’s a Jewish homeland where the religious freedom of residents of all beliefs is protected.  The amazing people of this nation have literally made the desert bloom, both with crops to feed the hungry and with cutting edge technology in many fields.  There was even a recent report that Israeli researchers may have made a breakthrough that will lead to curing cancer.  So anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel are not only repugnant on a gut level, they’re also intellectually indefensible.)

Omar faced intense pressure from fellow Democrats to apologize, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others issuing a statement that read, "Congresswoman Omar's use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel's supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments."

https://www.foxnews.com/us/rep-omar-apologizes-for-tweets-about-support-for-israel

Omar apologized but in that “sorry-but-not-sorry” way that made it clear it was about as sincere as a used car salesman’s smile.  Let’s unravel the spin, shall we?  Her carefully-crafted statement starts out apologetically enough: 

"Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole.”

(Now, here comes the attempt to make herself the victim):  “We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize."

(And then she equivocates by implying that she was really right): “Omar added she still ‘reaffirms’ what she considers a ‘problematic role of lobbyists’ in politics. She highlighted AIPAC, as well as the NRA and fossil fuel industry as particularly troubling.  ‘It's gone on too long and we must be willing to address it,’ she continued.”

(And in conclusion, she’s sorry-but-not-sorry):  She said she is "listening and learning, but standing strong." 


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So she apologizes for saying it, but she stands by it?  Apparently so, because just hours after making the apology, she retweeted a thread defending her for making the original accusation:

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/feb/11/ilhan-omar-retweets-ady-barkan-thread-denouncing-n/

In terms of consequences for her anti-Semitic tweeting, there will be none.  Pelosi made it clear that Omar will not be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee and it’s time to move on (this from people who still can’t get over the 2016 election.)  So, outrageous statement followed by phony apology followed by zero consequences.  The Democratic Trifecta. 

Interestingly enough, this comes very shortly after Republicans stripped Rep. Steve King from his committee assignments for saying some things about white supremacy that he insists were taken out of context by the New York Times.  Omar’s tweets were in her own words, just like her long history of other outrageous statements, yet Democrats feigned outrage while letting her keep her committee assignments.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ilhan-omars-most-controversial-moments-from-aipac-tweet-to-not-1-dollar-for-dhs-call

She did pick up one supporter who probably recognized the apology as the meaningless pablum it is.  She now has the full-throated backing of former KKK grand wizard, David Duke.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/02/11/former-kkk-grand-wizard-david-duke-backs-democrat-ilhan-omar/

Do you think we’ll hear calls from the media for Omar to lose her committee assignments, or attempts to tar her and all her colleagues and supporters with the association with the Klan, the way they did in 2016, when Donald Trump repeatedly repudiated Duke and was attacked for allegedly not doing it forcefully or often enough?   

Greg Gutfeld of Fox News recently pointed out that the media always paint the entire Republican Party with the views of its most extreme members, but they never do that to Democrats.  Ironically, if they ever did call the Democratic Party the party of the KKK, it would at least be historically accurate. 

I suppose if Omar does get any flak for being praised by the odious racist/anti-Semite David Duke, she can always issue another meaningless apology and go on her merry way. 

And just to be clear: the Democrats’ anti-Semitism problem is not limited to just one Congress member:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/rashida-tlaib-once-wrote-column-for-nation-of-islams-publication-reprinting-farrakhans-anti-semitic-comments

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/jewish-groups-condemn-rashida-tlaib-over-ties-to-radical-pro-hezbollah-anti-israel-activist

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Comments 1-13 of 13

  • Henry Balconi

    02/15/2019 04:05 AM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,
    You have the best column being written on the net! God bless your Christian honesty, wit, humor, accuracy of facts and downright fun articles to read. Please continue explaining to us, the political tangles that give us all heartburn. And tell Sarah she is doing a super job at the White House and we all are rooting for her!
    One retired, "old Corps" marine's opinion and thanks for listening.

  • Lisa Neely

    02/14/2019 12:58 PM

    I am not happy with Omar’s occupation of a congressional seat, but, I feel eventually she’s going self-implode and the hatred she carries in her heart will consume her, and it will backfire on her party. So, for the meantime, I read all of the unbelievable trash that comes out of her mouth and figure that “karma” will find her.

  • Gretchen Grant

    02/13/2019 06:17 PM

    Omar, as I understand President Trump suggested, should resign immediately. The Dems would harass and demand a Republican to do under the same circumstances. Hypocrisy and double stands from Pelosi on down as usual.

  • Mark Turner

    02/13/2019 05:17 PM

    You are absolutely spot on with Omar and the dems. For some reason they have a problem with Israel. Guess they should check with Shumer before making comments like this.

  • Mike Evancho

    02/13/2019 03:17 PM

    I love your views and stories. I wish if an elected official does wrong we should have power to recall them and end their term. Look at the left as they tried(and) failed to impeach a great President. We should be able to same to her and others like her!

  • JOSEPH ROQUE

    02/13/2019 01:06 PM

    Thank you for continuing to expose the liberal hypocrisy our country now celebrates. This is how it starts, the muslims are notorious for infiltrating a society; eventually, by sheer numbers they take over the voting majority and voila, another nation conquered. Scary stuff. Additionally, there is nothing scarier than a pediatrician (Virginia) who champions infanticide. Here we are talking and fretting about blackface shenanigans, when the real issue is the murder of infants. Talk about butt-backwards priorities. Anyway, thank you.

  • Anne Turner

    02/13/2019 11:34 AM

    I simply do not understand why the majority of Jewish people are liberals. It makes no sense. Maybe at one time it was rational but times have changed. As a reminder, it was a Democrat President who refused entry to a boatload seeking asylum from Hitler. The Klan, that was composed of Southern Dems., was, and is, virulently antisemetic. I do not know how they register now. While, .i am not a fan of our President’s manners and personal womanizing, how is it he is considered raciist and even antisemetic by some is a mystery to me. . He doesn’t care what color you are or what ethnic background from which you come. He likes people who get things done. He surrounds himself with very strong, opinionated women, so how is it he is anti woman? Does anyone look at reality? The progressives live in la la land. I agree with a few progressive ideas like finding a way to provide medical care for everyone. But the answer is not Medicare for all. We could have covered all those who could not afford medical care a lot cheaper than developing the ACA. There does not appear to be any thought of using Medicaid on a sliding scale for those who cannot afford insurance. I know of people who have had to quit jobs because their means improved but they had serious medical issues and would lose their Medicaid but still did not make enough to afford insurance. This makes no sense. As people’s income improved, the should be allowed to keep Medicaid and psy gradually increasing amounts toward it. Right now it is an all or nothing proposition. Are we a rally stupid nation?

  • Eric H Read

    02/13/2019 10:45 AM

    I think the fact that Omar is still on the House Foreign Affairs Committee speaks volumes in itself about the hypocrisy of the Democratic leadership in the House. Couple that with the fact that this committee will meet today about Venezuela, and you now have a real conflict. She should be removed from all committee assignments (like Rep. King was by the Republicans in the House) immediately. And she should be censored for her comments about Israel. I am fed up with the double standards of the Democratic Party.

  • P Downing

    02/12/2019 04:20 PM

    This radical behavior by Omar is why people cannot trust Muslims until they fully assimilate to our culture in every way and leave Sharia at the door. This includes the Hadji wearing which evolved into a religious or man-made oppression thing hundreds of years ago. Its original purpose was to keep rich Arab wives hidden to look like the handmaids so that kidnappers would not kidnap and hold them for ransom. Handmaids wore them to keep their hair clean of sand and shield from the desert sun.

  • Laura Brown

    02/12/2019 01:12 PM

    Mike just wondering if all this rhetoric from New York representative and Minnesota representative is just designed to get us to take our eye off the news about the wall I just think the Democrats are playing smoke and mirrors to keep us from looking at what the real issues are. What are your thoughts on that?

  • Montie Escue

    02/12/2019 12:33 PM

    Getting a little tired of all the apologies. I you had not meant it why did u say it. The apology is a bit lame. These people are not sorry for this— just sorry they got burned by it.

  • Gladys Chance

    02/12/2019 11:54 AM

    Thank you for true information. Praise God for you and your family and the Christian stand you make. I trust our God to protect all believers in this broken world. Thank him for President Trump. Wish I could say the same for the Republican party. I am conservative that votes mostly Republican. Pray they get their act together one day. What a power house they could be!

  • June Lundstrom

    02/12/2019 11:50 AM

    This Omar is just an example of what is coming. The Dems in MN were so desperate for votes.They have manipulated the electoral voting system in there favor, but it is going to backlash on them, with Omar it is starting. They place the immigrants; refugees and illegals "compact" in an area so that they get the electorial vote. Major Fry of Minneapolis wants more "condensed" housing (that neighborhood is pushing back). All of MN counties vote Republican, while the "dense" immigrant area votes DEM. Quid pro quo. Immigrants vote DEM; Dems GIVE immigrants FREE everything. Taxes are skyrocketing. In comparison. I paid in around $2,600 last year. In ND I would have only paid in $600. I read on someone's post that the Quran is NOT a religion BUT a play book for taking over the world from the inside out. Yes, this is no doubt happening in MN. Thank you off reading. I also follow Facebook Women for Trump 2020. Very interesting articles; posts ; constructive conversations and yes some get out of hand, however, others keep them on track and accountable to be better than that.