Vice President Pence said Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar should be removed from her position on the House Foreign Affairs Committee after she made a series of anti-Semitic comments and claimed the United States was responsible for the current economic and political crisis in Venezuela.
Pence said “every American” ought to reject her rhetoric, the Washington Examiner reports.
When asked whether Omar was a reflection of the Democrat Party, Pence answered: “Ilhan Omar has made anti-Semitic comments and statements against our most cherished ally, Israel, that ought to be rejected by every America.”
“Frankly, the fact that recently she’s been trying to blame the United States of America for the deprivation and the poverty brought on by the dictatorship in Venezuela — the people of Minnesota will decide whether or not she deserves to remain in Congress — but Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has no place on the house foreign affairs committee and the Democratic leadership ought to remove her.”
As the Hill reports, Pence said the Republican Party acted appropriately to remove Congressman Steven King for his comments on white supremacy:
“I think it was right for Democrat leaders to condemn those remarks, but I think it’s important that people that articulate anti-Semitic views are also held accountable. The Republican leadership was right to condemn Steven King’s remarks and also to remove him from the committee,” he said in an exclusive interview on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”
“There were consequences to what he said, and unless Rep. Omar resigns from Congress, at minimum Democrat leaders should remove her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”
Pence’s comments come amid a larger tiff between him and Omar. The democratic congresswoman recently took to Twitter to address previous remarks from Pence where he said she “does not know what she’s talking about” concerning the politics of Venezuela.
Omar accused the vice president of being racist and sexist. “Women of color have heard this before,” she tweeted.
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“Instead of ‘we disagree,’ it’s ‘she doesn’t know what she’s talking about,’” she added. “They have to make us feel small.”
“This from an Administration that thinks climate change is a Chinese hoax,” Omar continued.