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-CortezOmar says US should reconsider aid to Israel Pro-Trump Republican immigrant to challenge Dem lawmaker who flipped Michigan seat 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 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 OmarWorld Jewish Congress condemns Tlaib for suggesting boycott of Bill Maher's show A lesson of the Trump, Tlaib, Omar, Netanyahu affair Tlaib suggests boycotting Maher show after he calls anti-Israel boycott movement 'bulls--- purity test' MORE (D-Minn.).

Ocasio-Cortez responded to Rep. Juan VargasJuan C. VargasHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment ICE does not know how many veterans it has deported, watchdog says Pelosi employs committee chairs to tamp down calls for Trump impeachment 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.

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"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 LeeOvernight Health Care: Planned Parenthood to leave federal family planning program absent court action | Democrats demand Trump withdraw rule on transgender health | Cummings, Sanders investigate three drug companies for 'obstructing' probe Democrats demand Trump officials withdraw rule on transgender health House Democratic leadership member backs impeachment inquiry 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.