Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is calling on Republicans to grow a pair and get tougher on Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar.
During an interview on Newsmax, Haley spoke about Omar’s latest anti-Semitic outburst and said Republicans have not been forceful enough in condemning Omar for anti-American and anti-Jewish comments.
“I think the Republicans are way too nice,” Haley said. “If the tables were turned, they would be having our lunch. And the fact that we’re standing on the sidelines is not OK.”
“Let’s call this out for what it is: Omar hates the Jewish people and she resents America, and she continues to show it time and time again,” Haley said. “She continues to do these things that are absolutely uncalled for. If anybody else did it, there would be huge repercussions. And why the Democratic Party continues to stand by and allows her to do this is beyond me.
“But I’ll tell you what this means: As long as the Democratic Party doesn’t call her out for hating the Jewish people and for resenting America that means they agree with her.”
“We have to call this out,” she added. “That includes the Democrats, that includes the Biden press office that continues to defend her, and that includes every committee that allows her to sit on there.”
During an interview last week on CNN, Omar told host Jake Tapper that she did not regret comparing the U.S. and Israel to terrorist organizations.
Below is a transcript of the exchange:
OMAR: “If you are in someone’s backyard, can you say you are defending yourself?”
TAPPER: “It’s a good question. On the subject of the Middle East, you have said, as you know, many of your fellow House Democrats after comments you made earlier this month about the U.S. and Israel, you were questioning Secretary of State Blinken about where victims of war crimes could get justice. You made comments to him and also you tweeted: ‘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.’ Ultimately, Democratic leaders said that equating the U.S. and Israel with Hamas and the Taliban ‘foments prejudice.’ And as you know, a group of Jewish House Democrats wrote a letter to President Biden saying that accusing Israel of acts of terror, as you and other members of the Squad have done, is anti-Semitic. Do you regret these comments?”
OMAR: “I don’t.”
Later in the segment, Tapper asked:
In 2019, you said lawmakers support Israel because it’s ‘all about the Benjamins,’ which implies that politicians only support Israel because of money. There was a tweet from 2012 when you said Israel had hypnotized the world. Do you understand why some of your fellow House Democrats, especially Jews, find that language anti-Semitic?
Omar responded by attacking her own colleagues and didn’t accept any responsibility for her comments.