Ocasio-Cortez on Omar: Unlike Trump, she 'demonstrated a capacity' to apologize

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSunday shows preview: Delta concerns prompt CDC mask update; bipartisan infrastructure bill to face challenges in Senate House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday defended her fellow freshman Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarProgressives camp outside Capitol to protest evictions Overnight 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 MORE (D-Minn.), comparing her response to recent controversy to President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE's by saying "unlike this president, [Omar] demonstrated a capacity to acknowledge pain & apologize."

"Unlike this President, Rep. @IlhanMN demonstrated a capacity to acknowledge pain & apologize, use the opportunity to learn abt history of antisemitism,+grow from it while clarifying her stance," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "I’m also inspired by Jewish leadership who brought her in, not push her out, to heal."

"I’m proud @IlhanMN raised the issue of lobbyist in politics & equally proud of her sensitivity to communities. Both are possible," she added.


Omar on Sunday suggested in a tweet that the reason that some politicians staunchly defend Israel is "all about the Benjamins."

She contends that her tweet was referring to the influence Israel lobbying groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee have in politics. But she earned criticism, including from Democratic leadership, that the tweet invoked harmful stereotypes regarding Jewish people. 

Omar apologized for her tweet on Monday. 

“I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole,” she wrote. “This is why I unequivocally apologize.”

“I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry,” she added.

Trump called on Omar to resign following her comments. 

“I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee,” he said on Tuesday.