MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Several elected officials in Minnesota have signed a statement of support for U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar as she continues to take heat for statements that some viewed as anti-Semitic.
More than 20 Minnesota state representatives, Minneapolis City Council members, park board officials and other elected leaders say they stand with Omar as she faces “smears” for her outspoken views.
Omar has apologized for past statements that some viewed as anti-Semitic, but criticism against her was renewed when she suggested last week that American supporters of Israel have conflicted allegiances.
The statement from Minnesota officials doesn’t specifically address Omar’s statements, but it calls on Democrats to stand with Omar and against Republican efforts to “pit Jews and Muslims against each other.”
It also denounces recent anti-Muslim rhetoric targeting Omar.
Meanwhile, House Democrats will offer a resolution today (Wednesday) condemning anti-Semitism in response to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s latest remarks on Israel.
The declaration, supported by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, comes after Omar made new remarks about Israel that critics decried as anti-Semitic.
At an event last week, the freshman Democrat from Minnesota made a reference to “political influence in this country that says it is okay for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.”
The Anti-Defamation League has demanded that House Democrats offer a resolution that makes clear every member of Congress opposes anti-Semitism. Democrats over the weekend drafted a resolution with that message, according to a Democratic aide who spoke on condition of anonymity because the document had not been released. Its text was not final as of Monday afternoon.