Dem rep hopes Omar can be 'mentored,' remain on Foreign Affairs panel

A fellow Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee says Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack Progressives oppose spending stopgap measure over surveillance authority extension Omar asks court to apply 'system of compassion' in sentencing man convicted of threatening her MORE (D-Minn.) should not be removed from the panel over her remarks concerning the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) influence over lawmakers.

Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyMaloney wins vote for Oversight chairwoman Democrat unveils bill requiring banks to identify suspicious activity related to guns Brindisi, Lamb recommended for Armed Services, Transportation Committees MORE (D-Va.) told CNN on Thursday that he hopes his colleague, who faced criticism for a tweets perceived as anti-Semitic, can be "mentored."

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"I don't know that this one outburst and that history you cite is enough to disqualify her from being on the Foreign Affairs Committee," he said. "It's certainly something to be watched, and hopefully she can be mentored."

“I’m not Jewish but I’ll tell you those remarks are offensive to me too," he continued.

The Virginia lawmaker went on to question why the media and Republicans were continuing to focus on the comments following Omar's apology.

"I will say this, Poppy," he added, addressing CNN's Poppy Harlow. "I don't understand why this is a three- or four-day story ... given all the other things we're dealing with."

"She's apologized. She was condemned by Democratic leadership. And she apologized unequivocally. Meanwhile, we have the contrast on the Republican side, where does one even begin to talk about hateful speech with him?" Connolly asked.

"So why the double standard between this young, Muslim woman, and all the other history that's out there?" he added.

Omar apologized this week after she tweeted that Rep. Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyFormer Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled Saagar Enjeti blasts alleged Epstein cover-up by media Harris introduces bill to prevent California wildfires MORE's (R-Calif.) threats to act against her and fellow Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack Progressives oppose spending stopgap measure over surveillance authority extension Ayanna Pressley introduces extensive criminal justice reform resolution MORE (D-Mich.) over other purported examples of anti-Semitism was "all about the Benjamins," a reference to the 1997 song by Sean Combs, known at the time as Puff Daddy.

When questioned on social media about who she “thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel,” the congresswoman replied “AIPAC!”

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul Five things to know about Tuesday's impeachment hearings McConnell hopes Senate impeachment trial 'not too lengthy a process' MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer2020 Republicans accuse Schumer of snubbing legislation Schumer: Leadership trying to work out competing surprise medical bill measures Top GOP senator: Drug pricing action unlikely before end of year MORE (D-N.Y.) were among the Democrats and Republicans who condemned Omar's tweets.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE, meanwhile, demanded her resignation from Congress or ouster from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Omar responded to the president Wednesday, saying Trump "trafficked in hate."

"Hi @realDonaldTrump- You have trafficked in hate your whole life—against Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more. I learned from people impacted by my words. When will you?" she tweeted Wednesday morning.

This article was updated at 12:05 p.m.