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

Vice President Pence on Tuesday chastised Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOvernight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy 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 TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race 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 McCarthyTrump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios GOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden House rejects GOP effort to seat McCarthy's picks for Jan. 6 panel MORE (R-Calif.) promising “action” against Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy House passes bill requiring EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water Ohio becomes battleground for rival Democratic factions 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 PelosiHouse rejects GOP effort to seat McCarthy's picks for Jan. 6 panel GOP brawls over Trump on eve of first Jan. 6 hearing Five things to watch as Jan. 6 panel begins its work 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 HoyerMcCarthy mocks Cheney and Kinzinger as 'Pelosi Republicans' Biden celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act Democrats brace for slog on Biden's spending plan 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 KingGOP brawls over Trump on eve of first Jan. 6 hearing Pence to visit Iowa to headline event for congressman Former Steve King challenger on rural voters in GOP states: 'They hate Democrats' 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.