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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Thursday defended her fellow freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), comparing her response to recent controversy to President Trump’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.

{mosads}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.

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