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 OmarAlan Dershowitz: In defense of Chelsea Clinton Hateful words demand stronger response from Congress, President Trump Omar: Peace only achievable when we 'apply our universal values to all nations' 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 ConnollyHouse passes series of measures hitting Russia, Putin Exclusive: Biden to run for White House, says Dem lawmaker Dems struggle to turn page on Omar controversy 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."


"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 McCarthyOvernight Energy: McConnell tees up vote on Green New Deal | Centrist Dems pitch alternative to plan | House Republican likens Green New Deal to genocide | Coca-Cola reveals it uses 3M tons of plastic every year House GOP lawmaker says Green New Deal is like genocide GOP lawmakers: House leaders already jockeying for leadership contests MORE's (R-Calif.) threats to act against her and fellow Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDems concerned impeachment will make Trump 'appear like a victim,' says pollster Officials dismiss criticism that Trump rhetoric to blame for New Zealand attack Tlaib: Trump needs to send a 'very loud and clear' signal against domestic terrorism, white supremacy 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiHistory teaches that Nancy Pelosi is right about impeachment The politics and practicalities of impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 Why we need to build gateway now Campaign to draft Democratic challenger to McConnell starts raising funds MORE (D-N.Y.) were among the Democrats and Republicans who condemned Omar's tweets.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification 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.