Trump campaign adviser calls llhan Omar 'filth' amid anti-Semitism controversy

Trump campaign adviser Jeff Ballabon called Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarProgressives camp outside Capitol to protest evictions Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week MORE (D-Minn.) "filth" Monday amid controversy over some comments from the lawmaker that have been called anti-Semitic.

"The problem is that her beliefs are deeply rooted in hatred and anti-Semitism. She is a hater. I'm going to say it, she is filth," Ballabon said on Fox Business. "She has no place in the Congress. She has no place on the Foreign Affairs Committee. It's outrageous that Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris MORE, the Speaker of the House, the most powerful Democrat in America, appears on Rolling Stone, hand in hand with her smiling this week. It's outrageous."

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Host Stuart Varney interjected to say that Ballabon used a "very strong word."

"Yes. She is a filthy, disgusting hater. So what if she's in Congress? That's the problem. The problem is they have now taken anti-Semitism in its worst, most base, disgusting force, and they've mainstreamed it," Ballabon said.

Varney pressed Ballabon on whether he was comfortable with "using that very, very strong language, as an adviser to the Trump campaign."

"I'm using this as a Jew. I'm using this as someone whose family directly feels threatened, but literally threatened, physically threatened in the culture that's being created now by the mainstreaming by the Democrats of these kinds of people," Ballabon responded.

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE's 2020 campaign did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment on Ballabon's comments.

Omar's comments about Israel have garnered her significant bipartisan criticism since she took office.

The Minnesota lawmaker wrote in since-deleted tweets last month that U.S. politicians' defense of Israel in the political square was "all about the Benjamins baby."

Top Democrats issued a joint statement condemning the remarks and calling for Omar to apologize, which she did.

Last week, Omar spoke on the influence of special interest groups on foreign policy, specifically related to Israel.

“I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” she said during an event at a Washington bookstore, according to The New York Times.

After receiving backlash calling that comment anti-Semitic, Omar's office responded by noting that she had apologized for past comments and that it is important to differentiate between criticism of a religion and criticism of lobbying groups.