Pelosi dismisses GOP criticism of Omar: 'They do not have clean hands'

Speaker of the House Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Dems walk Trump trade tightrope Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution MORE (D-Calif.) dismissed GOP criticism of Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan Omar'SNL' mocks Jeannine Pirro's support of Trump: 'He is the Michael Jordan of presidents' Omar introduces bill sanctioning Brunei over anti-homosexuality law GOP launches anti-BDS discharge petition MORE (D-Minn.), saying that "they do not have clean hands."

“That she apologized for what she said?" Pelosi told CNN's Elizabeth Landers when asked about comments from GOP leadership in relation to Omar.


"I think the administration owes a public apology for some of the things that were said there. As I heard the president speaking this morning, all that was going through my mind was “Jew-S-A, Jew-S-A” at his rallies that he never distanced himself from. They shouldn’t go down this path, they do not have clean hands.”

Pelosi's office confirmed the quote to The Hill.

Omar apologized on Monday for comments that have been called anti-Semitic suggesting that U.S. support for the Jewish state 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.”

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE said Tuesday that Omar should resign or be barred from serving on congressional committees as punishment for her remarks on Israel.

Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceDozens of graduates walk out in protest of Pence address Trudeau on tariff deal: Canadian and US businesses can get back to 'working constructively together' Congress has a duty to go through with the impeachment and public trial of President Trump MORE said Tuesday the Minnesota lawmaker's apology "inadequate." 

Democratic leaders condemned Omar for using “anti-Semitic tropes” that are “deeply offensive.”

After she apologized, House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton Hoyer5 things to watch as Trump, Dems clash over investigations GOP lawmaker: Trump has engaged in multiple actions that 'meet the threshold for impeachment' Maxine Waters: Parts of Trump immigration plan are 'very racist' MORE (D-Md.) said Omar would not lose her assignments.

Omar fired back at Trump Wednesday, accusing the president of "trafficking" in hate and intolerance.

Trump faced condemnation from Jewish groups and civil-rights organizations in 2017 over his assertion that there were good people on “both sides” of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., where counter-protester Heather Heyer was killed by one of the rally attendees.

The president did not apologize for those comments.