Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York gave one new colleague a less-than-warm welcome on Tuesday, resulting in a weird scene performed out over Twitter this week.
“Loopy to observe what Home Dems are empowering/elevating,” he mentioned of Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Muslim Democrat from Minnesota who will be a part of him on the Home Overseas Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, the place he’s the rating member.
Her response got here a day later, when NPR commentator Arsalan Iftikhar known as out Zeldin for posting an “Islamophobic canine whistle.”
“Don’t thoughts him,” Omar instructed Iftikhar, “he’s simply waking as much as the truth of getting Muslim ladies as colleagues who know the right way to stand as much as bullies!”
Confirming suspicions that we dwell within the darkest timeline, Zeldin then issued one other tweet, this time instantly attacking Omar for her overseas coverage views. The freshman congresswoman, a critic of the Israeli authorities, has drawn the ire of conservatives making an attempt to color her views as anti-Semitic. This week was no completely different after she mentioned Individuals shouldn’t be afraid to criticize Israeli insurance policies, as Individuals typically criticize these of Iran ― one other state with overt non secular values.
“These poor harmless ISIS fighters & Palestinian terrorists proper? Give me a break! That’s an issue irrespective of your faith or gender Ilhan,” Zeldin wrote.
He continued, “Your anti-Semitic & anti-Israel hate is powerful & flawed & these terrorists have US blood on their fingers as nicely.”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) has impressed comparable criticisms from the correct ― notably when she rejected a conventional journey to Israel for newly elected members of Congress and prompt lawmakers go to the West Financial institution Palestinian territory. Tlaib and Omar have been elected because the nation’s first Muslim congresswomen in November.
Zeldin and Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) would love members of their chamber to move a proper decision in opposition to anti-Semitism within the U.S. ― which has spiked with the rise in far-right ideology ― tying it to what they name “a rising incidence of anti-Semitic rhetoric and affiliation with anti-Semitic leaders from some Democrat Members of Congress.”
The Home handed a proper decision condemning white supremacy this month, after the white supremacist Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) puzzled aloud why the hateful ideology was flawed.