Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar caused a political rift in Washington after she posted anti-Semitic messages to her Twitter account. Members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans stood up to the bigoted messaging and called on the congresswoman to issue an apology.
And, she did… kinda.
“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,” Omar said in a statement posted to her Twitter account. “My intention is never to offend my constituents of Jewish Americans as a whole. 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.”
“At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry. It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it,” the Democrat continued.
Listening and learning, but standing strong 💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/7TSroSf8h1
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019
Her apology left some people less than convinced as they claim the apology seemed contradictory.
In one line she “unequivocally apologized,” in the next, she doubled down on the very thing she just apologized.
“This nonapology apology is not an apology,” the Washington Examiner’s Tom Rogan wrote in an op-ed.
“But waking up to the anger she had sparked, on Monday, the congresswoman decided she had to respond. She did a pretty awful job of it,” Rogan also said.
Had Omar left out the final four lines, she might have drawn a line under this saga. But she didn’t do that, because she couldn’t. She had to leave in a little reminder that she isn’t really that sorry. Hence the “at the same time … AIPAC.”
Look, the issue here isn’t that Omar has no right to express concern about special interests. The issue is that Omar is evidently so arrogant that she cannot let the issue sit as it should, with an apology. Instead, she has to bring American Israel Public Affairs Committee up, yet again, as a proxy for the original “Benjamins” tweet.
Other people similarly criticized Omar for the non-apologetic apology: