House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the subject of pushback by fellow Democrats due to her rebuke of “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after she compared the US and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban, according to The New York Post.
“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. I asked @SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice,” Omar said in a tweet Monday.
Pelosi responded to the inflammatory and anti-American comments saying that “drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines peace and security for all.
“We welcome the clarification by Congresswoman Omar that there is no moral equivalency between the U.S. and Israel and Hamas and the Taliban,” Pelosi continued.
Omar was called to task by not just Pelosi but a dozen House Democrats including House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC), Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark (D-MA), Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Caucus Vice-Chair Pete Aguilar (D-CA).
The aggressively progressive members of “The Squad” called out Pelosi which she responded to on Friday saying she would not punish Omar, despite what she had earlier said about the second term Muslim congresswoman.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) tweeted in response to Pelosi’s original statement: “Freedom of speech doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress. The benefit of the doubt doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress. House Democratic leadership should be ashamed of its relentless, exclusive tone policing of Congresswomen of color.”
While Omar did eventually walked back her comments after Pelosi and others weighed it, she accused her critics of “harassment” and “Islamophobia.”
Pelosi then also backed away from her rebuke telling reporters on Friday,“I think that she clarified her remarks and we accept that, and she has a point that she wanted to make and she has a right to make that point. There’s some unease about how it was interpreted. She made her clarification.”