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 OmarGOP amps up efforts to recruit women candidates Ocasio-Cortez, progressives trash 'antisemitic' Politico illustration of Bernie Sanders It's Joe Biden's 2020 presidential nomination to lose 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 ConnollyPelosi employs committee chairs to tamp down calls for Trump impeachment We can curb potential pandemics by investing in prevention tactics Mueller mystery: Will he ever testify to Congress? 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 McCarthyRepublicans spend more than million at Trump properties The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi fires back in feud with Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes MORE's (R-Calif.) threats to act against her and fellow Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSteyer plans impeachment push targeting Democrats over recess Tlaib urges Mnuchin to seek personal legal advice Pelosi faces tipping point on Trump impeachment 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 PelosiPelosi uses Trump to her advantage Fake Pelosi video sparks fears for campaigns Trump goes scorched earth against impeachment talk MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNo agreement on budget caps in sight ahead of Memorial Day recess Ex-White House photographer roasts Trump: 'This is what a cover up looked like' under Obama Pelosi: Trump 'is engaged in a cover-up' MORE (D-N.Y.) were among the Democrats and Republicans who condemned Omar's tweets.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address 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.