Minnesota Dems Looking for Primary Challenger to Ilhan Omar

Belén Sisa a campaign aide for Bernie Sanders's 2020 presidential campaign. Credit Screenshot

Bernie Sanders (VT) apologized and deleted a Facebook post about American Jews' "dual allegiance" after Politico contacted her about the comment, which has been criticized as anti-Semitic.

Sisa said in her apology, "At a time when so many communities in our country feel under attack by the president and his allies, I absolutely recognize that we need to address these issues with greater care and sensitivity to their historical resonance, and I'm committed to doing that in the future".

Minnesota Democrats who are angry and offended at Rep. Ilhan Omar for her string of comments about Jews and Israel are reportedly considering squelching her next nomination and running a different candidate in her place.

State Sen. Ron Latz (D), who represents part of Omar's district and has accused her of making herself look like "a pariah", said there's "definitely some buzz going around" about a challenger.

It's typcally hard to replace an incumbent politician, even one as arguably polarizing as Omar, who in her first two months as a congresswoman has sparked contentious debates both as a country and within the party. In particular, she questioned if some members of Congress have a "dual loyalty" to the United States and Israel.

In particular, Jewish lawmakers want Omar to face consequences for her anti-Semitic language. Back in 2012 she tweeted that Israel has "hypnotized the world". Republicans have pushed to have her removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee, but Engel has not asked Democratic leadership to take that step. Even if outside groups won't tolerate Omar's anti-Semitism, her direct constituents have shown they have no problem "questioning" Jewish leadership; they tolerated Rep. Keith Ellison for several terms, and he had direct ties to anti-Semitic hate preacher Louis Farrakhan.

Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Massachusetts' Elizabeth Warren also posed similar concerns, with Harris expressing her worry "that the spotlight being put on (Omar) may put her at risk".



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