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Pence rips Omar's 'inadequate' apology for tweets criticized as anti-Semitic

Vice President Pence on Tuesday chastised Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency | House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally | Trump administration pushes for rollback of Arctic offshore drilling regulations MORE (D-Minn.), calling her recent tweets that were condemned as anti-Semitic "a disgrace," and her subsequent apology "inadequate."

"Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress, much less the Foreign Affairs Committee," Pence tweeted. "Those who engage in anti-Semitic tropes should not just be denounced, they should face consequences for their words."

The vice president's condemnation echoed that of President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE, who earlier Tuesday dismissed Omar's apology as "lame" and called for her resignation.

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“Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress,” Trump said during a Cabinet meeting at the White House. “And I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”

Omar apologized on Monday for comments the previous day suggesting that U.S. support for Israel is the result of money flowing from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), an influential pro-Israel lobbying group. In her apology she said her “intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole.”

The Minnesota Democrat on Sunday evening retweeted journalist Glenn Greenwald's response to a story about House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTop Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight MORE (R-Calif.) promising “action” against Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' MORE (D-Mich.) and herself over their alleged anti-Semitism.

She captioned that retweet with the message, “It's all about the Benjamins baby,” referring to money.

When asked on Twitter who she “thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel,” Omar replied “AIPAC!” referring to the group that promotes close ties between the U.S. and Israel. The organization does not donate directly to political candidates, but many of its members do.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders condemned the lawmaker's use of “anti-Semitic tropes” that are “deeply offensive.”

Republicans have lambasted Omar over the comments, and called on Democrats to strip her of her seat on the Foreign Affairs panel. After she apologized, House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerDemocrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus Hoyer on Trump election challenges: 'I think this borders on treason' Capitol's COVID-19 spike could be bad Thanksgiving preview MORE (D-Md.) told Roll Call that she would not lose her assignment.

Critics of the Republican backlash have questioned why Republicans have been reluctant to speak out against Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingFeenstra wins Iowa House race to fill Steve King's seat Democrats lead in 3 of 4 Iowa House races: poll Hillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones MORE (R-Iowa), who has for years made inflammatory comments about Hispanic immigrants.

GOP leaders last month stripped King of his committee assignments after he questioned why the terms “white supremacist” and “white nationalist” are offensive, contrasting it to Democrats’ response to Omar.