Ocasio-Cortez defends Omar amid criticism from fellow Dem

Ocasio-Cortez defends Omar amid criticism from fellow Dem
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezKerry: China described climate change as 'crisis' for the first time Left feels empowered after Biden backtracks on refugees Ocasio-Cortez: Chauvin 'verdict is not a substitute for policy change' MORE (D-N.Y.) late Monday pushed back after a fellow Democratic representative called it "unacceptable" to question support for the U.S.-Israel relationship in the wake of the latest controversial comments from Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarLeft feels empowered after Biden backtracks on refugees Lawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' House rejects GOP resolution to censure Waters MORE (D-Minn.).

Ocasio-Cortez responded to Rep. Juan VargasJuan C. VargasHispanic Caucus asks for Department of Labor meeting on COVID in meatpacking plants Hispanic Caucus requests meeting with private detention center CEOs Hispanic Caucus asks Trump to rescind invitation to Mexican president MORE after the California Democrat criticized Omar, who has been accused of using anti-Semitic language in recent tweets and comments questioning U.S. support for Israel.


"I‘m curious if Rep. Vargas will further explain his stance here that it’s unacceptable to even *question* US foreign policy," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "Plenty of Dem members have asserted that discussion + debate on this issue is fair and merited. Is this stance a departure from that?"

The freshman congresswoman noted that there was a time when it was unacceptable to question the Iraq War, though she later noted she meant the war in Afghanistan.

"All of Congress was wrong, including both GOP & Dem Party, and led my generation into a disastrous + wrong war that virtually all would come to regret, except for the one member who stood up: Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeNew signs of progress emerge on police reform Progressive lawmaker to introduce bill seeking more oversight of Israel assistance Biden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  MORE," Ocasio-Cortez added.

Omar, who last month was widely criticized for suggesting U.S. lawmakers supported Israel because of money from a pro-Israel lobbying group, reignited controversy when she said at a Washington bookstore forum last week that pro-Israel advocates are pushing "allegiance to a foreign country."

The latest comments prompted outcry from members of both parties. 

The House will vote Wednesday on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in response to her comments, though it does not specifically mention Omar.