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-CortezOvernight Energy: Interior reverses decision at heart of Zinke criminal probe | Dem divisions deepen over approach to climate change | GM to add 400 workers to build electric cars 'Washington Monthly' editor says diversity on Capitol Hill starts with interns Why is my party prioritizing an extreme environmental agenda? 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 OmarTrump to speak to GOP Jewish group amid anti-Semitism spat with Dems Dems seek to stifle primary challenges to incumbents Trump on 2020 Dems skipping AIPAC: 'I think they're anti-Jewish' MORE (D-Minn.).

Ocasio-Cortez responded to Rep. Juan VargasJuan C. VargasBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Criticism of Israeli policy is not anti-Semitism Ocasio-Cortez fundraises off claim that AIPAC is 'coming after' her, Omar, Tlaib 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 LeeBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Harris receives endorsement from 6 home-state mayors Dems put spotlight on diversity in tech 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.