Omar fires again after McCarthy vows to take away her from committees

Tuesday November 22, 2022
BY ZACH SCHONFELD 

{Photograph} by Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) fired again at Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) after he vowed to take away Omar from her committee posts if elected Speaker.

“From the moment I was elected, the Republican Party has made it their mission to use fear, xenophobia, Islamophobia and racism to target me on the House Floor and through millions of dollars of campaign ads,” Omar stated in an announcement.

“Whether it is Marjorie Taylor Greene holding a gun next to my head in campaign ads or Donald Trump threatening to ‘send me back’ to my country (despite the fact that I have been a proud citizen of the United States for more than 20 years), this constant stream of hate has led to hundreds of death threats and credible plots against me and my family,” she added.

McCarthy throughout an look on “Sunday Morning Futures” on Fox Information reiterated his pledge to take away Omar, in addition to Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), from their committees.

“Congresswoman Omar, her antisemitic comments that have gone forward, we’re not going to allow her to be on Foreign Affairs,” McCarthy advised host Maria Bartiromo, referring to the Home Overseas Affairs Committee.

Omar has lengthy been crucial of Israel and its actions within the occupied Palestinian territories, at instances drawing rebuke from different Home Democrats.

Republicans are set to take management of the Home in January and final week voted to appoint him as Speaker, though 31 Republicans voted in opposition to him. In January, McCarthy will want 218 votes to ascend to the function, assuming each Home seat has a sworn-in member who votes, which means he can solely afford to lose a number of GOP votes.

“McCarthy’s effort to repeatedly single me out for scorn and hatred — including threatening to strip me from my committee — does nothing to address the issues our constituents deal with,” Omar stated. “It does nothing to address inflation, health care or solve the climate crisis.”

“What it does is gin up fear and hate against Somali Americans and anyone who shares my identity, and further divide us along racial and ethnic lines,” she added. “It is a continuation of a sustained campaign against Muslim and African voices, people his party have been trying to ban since Donald Trump first ran for office.”
 

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