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 OmarThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation Police killing in Minneapolis puts new scrutiny on Biden pick Pelosi says George Floyd was 'murdered on TV' 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 ConnollyDemocrats to probe Trump's replacement of top Transportation Dept. watchdog The Postal Service collapse that isn't happening Postal Service to review package fee policy: report 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 McCarthyHillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers House punts on FISA, votes to begin negotiations with Senate Rep. Banks launches bid for RSC chairman MORE's (R-Calif.) threats to act against her and fellow Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibPelosi: George Floyd death is 'a crime' Overnight Defense: Pentagon memo warns pandemic could go until summer 2021 | Watchdog finds Taliban violence is high despite US deal | Progressive Dems demand defense cuts Progressives demand defense budget cuts amid coronavirus pandemic 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 PelosiMinneapolis erupts for third night, as protests spread, Trump vows retaliation The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation Hillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerVA hospitals mostly drop hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus treatment Democrats call on FTC to investigate allegations of TikTok child privacy violations Lawmakers introduce bill to invest 0 billion in science, tech research MORE (D-N.Y.) were among the Democrats and Republicans who condemned Omar's tweets.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinneapolis erupts for third night, as protests spread, Trump vows retaliation Stocks open mixed ahead of Trump briefing on China The island that can save America 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.