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Democrats Unraveling: James Clyburn’s Unbecoming Contortions To Defend Rep. Omar’s Anti-Semitism

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 11:28 am

[guest post by Dana]

In the ongoing unraveling that is the current Democrat party, Rep. Omar’s bigoted comments continue to be a wedge in the party of um, inclusiveness. A mere three weeks ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned Rep. Omar’s anti-Semitic tweets, saying:

“Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive,” said Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and other party leaders in a statement. “We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.“


Pelosi said in a tweet that Monday that she had talked with Omar and the two of them “agreed that we must use this moment to move forward as we reject anti-Semitism in all forms.“

As a result of the rebuke, Omar was compelled to apologize for her comments.

However, after disastrous efforts to draft a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, which resulted in a hard pushback from members of the more progressive wing of the party , Pelosi is now shamefully attempting to rationalize Omar’s anti-Semitism:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says freshman Democrat Ilhan Omar didn’t realize her words about Israel would sound anti-Semitic to some powerful members of Congress.

Omar’s comment that a pledge of “allegiance” to the Jewish state is expected of lawmakers sparked enough outrage to split Democrats and throw their agenda into question. Some Democrats wanted a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, while others said that would have unfairly singled out the Minnesota Democrat.

Pelosi told reporters the resolution the House will vote on Thursday will “speak out against anti-Semitism, anti-Islamophobia, anti-white supremacy and all the forms that it takes.”

Of Omar, Pelosi said, “I do not believe she understood the full weight of her words. These words have a history and a cultural impact.”

If she truly believes this, then why did she feel compelled to meet privately with Omar about the tweets, and then proceed to publicly condemn them? And if Omar is as clueless as Pelosi claims, why put her on the Foreign Affairs Committee? How does that even make a little bit of sense?

Anyway, this morning in yet another desperate attempt to defend Omar, House Minority Whip James Clyburn demonstrated just how low the Democrats are willing to go to defend an anti-Semite in their midst by asserting that Omar’s life experience was “more personal” than Jews whose parents and relatives survived the Holocaust:

Clyburn came to Omar’s defense Wednesday, lamenting that many of the media reports surrounding the recent controversy have omitted mentioning that Omar, who was born in Somalia, had to flee the country to escape violence and spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp before coming to the United States.

Her experience, Clyburn argued, is much more empirical — and powerful — than that of people who are generations removed from the Holocaust, Japanese internment camps during World War II and the other violent episodes that have marked history.

“I’m serious about that. There are people who tell me, ‘Well, my parents are Holocaust survivors.’ ‘My parents did this.’ It’s more personal with her,” Clyburn said. “I’ve talked to her, and I can tell you she is living through a lot of pain.”

First, it’s embarrassingly dishonest to equate the violence of the Holocaust with the Japanese internment camps. Second, for Clyburn to be logically consistent, then he should have also included slavery as well, because how long ago did that end??

It’s sad and telling that Phillip Klein was compelled to inform a tone-deaf, partisan-at-all-costs Clyburn why his comments are so offensive – and dangerous:

Remembering the Holocaust, and the oft repeated phrase “Never Again,” is about making sure we’re proactive about combating anti-Semitism before it manifests in ways that lead to mass slaughter.

Apparently Clyburn is unaware that there are an estimated (a/o 2016) “100,000 Jews who were in camps, ghettos and in hiding under Nazi occupation…still alive today.” It’s mind-boggling that anti-Semitism cannot be condemned by the Democrat party. Clyburn’s contorted efforts to defend Omar are not doing her (or their party) any favors. If anything, his absurd defense of her reminds us of what a narrow-minded and bigoted a group the Democrats have become. This, of course, while instructing the rest of us how we should live. Both parties should strive to be equal-opportunity condemners of hate. And both parties should be more than willing demand that their adult members be treated as adults, rather than defend them as clueless children. This isn’t hard, or at least it shouldn’t be.

Clyburn then went on to say that of course Omar will not be named in the new resolution because there are far more influential and powerful bigots to contend with rather than a sitting member of Congress, who also happens to be on the Foreign Affairs Committee:

“She won’t be targeted. We’re going to target those people who had her picture on the Twin Towers,” he continued. “This resolution is going to be inclusive, it’s going to be expansive, and I might just try to add something to deal with that billboard that’s up in Pennsylvania this morning calling John Lewis and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus racists.”

So a sitting member of Congress who has announced her anti-Semitic views to the world will not be targeted, but a private citizen will? Yep, sounds like politics as usual. While the billboard is obviously anything but a conversation starter about race (as its owner claims), the urge of Leviathan to exert its pervasive power over the powerless while ignoring the powerful, cannot and should not be underestimated.

Last night, I made this observation: It’s interesting to note that Nancy Pelosi doesn’t seem to have as much control over her people as we were lead to believe. The very progressive faction of the party seems to have gained traction since being elected, and it makes me wonder if the old guard is going to be constantly rolling over in a last ditch effort to remain relevant within the party? Apparently the answer is, yes, they will.



  1. Why is anyone surprised? Anti-semitisim has always been a core of the far left, here and overseas. It’s who they are. We forget this at our dire peril.

    Incidentally, the attempt to rationalize and explain away anti-semitisim is also nothing new. It’s exactly what the Weimar Republic’s political parties did while trying to cut deals with and tame a new socialist party. The National Socialist party.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 3/7/2019 @ 5:11 pm

  2. It’s also worth remembering that these very same people (Pelosi, Schumer, et. al) were loudly decrying the supposed anti-semitisim of Trump (A guy with Jewish kids and grandkids), yet when faced with actual anti-semitisim, they dismiss it.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 3/7/2019 @ 5:15 pm

  3. Right on both accounts, Arizona CJ.

    Comment by Dana — 3/7/2019 @ 8:06 pm

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