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

Vice President Pence on Tuesday chastised Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarJayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders 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 TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' 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 McCarthyCalifornia sues Trump administration over fracking Trump: Impeachment timing intended to hurt Sanders Overnight Energy: Schumer votes against USMCA, citing climate impact | Republicans offer details on their environmental proposals | Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by 2030 MORE (R-Calif.) promising “action” against Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibJayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders Sanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements 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 PelosiWhite House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team House revives agenda after impeachment storm Democrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public 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 HoyerHouse revives agenda after impeachment storm House poised to hand impeachment articles to Senate House to vote on Iran war powers bills sought by progressives 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 KingWith surge in anti-Semitism, political leaders need to be aggressive and reflective in response Steve King challenger: 2020 Democrats have 'huge' opportunity to win over rural America Author sues NY Times after it calls him a 'white nationalist' 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.