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-CortezPoll: Biden and Sanders tied nationally, followed by Warren More than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign Steyer, Biden clash over climate credentials 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 OmarPoll: Biden and Sanders tied nationally, followed by Warren More than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign Booker responds to Onion article mocking Buttigieg over stock photo MORE (D-Minn.).

Ocasio-Cortez responded to Rep. Juan VargasJuan C. VargasOvernight Defense: Protests at Trump's NYC Veterans Day speech | House Dems release Pentagon official's deposition transcript | Lawmakers ask Trump to rescind Erdogan invite Bipartisan House members call on Trump to rescind Erdoğan invitation Tensions flare as Democrats urge consumer bureau to boost penalties 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 LeeMore than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign House to hold markup Wednesday on marijuana decriminalization bill US must lead the charge on global reproductive rights — not stand in the way 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.