Gillibrand condemns Omar remarks, GOP 'hypocrisy'

Gillibrand condemns Omar remarks, GOP 'hypocrisy'
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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandDemocrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission Harris, Nadler introduce bill to decriminalize marijuana Gillibrand says she doesn't regret calling for Franken to resign MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday condemned remarks about Israel made by Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarWarren introduces bill to cancel student loan debt for millions Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota Trump says 'Squad' and Dems have 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' over impeachment MORE (D-Minn.), as well as Republican "hypocrisy" surrounding anti-Semitism. 

"Those with critical views of Israel, such as Congresswoman Omar, should be able to express their views without employing anti-Semitic tropes about money or influence," Gillibrand said in a statement, according to HuffPost.

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"Just as those critical of Congresswoman Omar should not be using Islamophobic language and imagery that incites violence," she added.

Gillibrand also took aim at what she called "hypocrisy of the Republican Party."

"Many Republicans have taken offense to Congresswoman Omar’s remarks and condemned her in the harshest terms, but said little or nothing when President TrumpDonald John Trump5 things to know about Boris Johnson Conservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota MORE defended white supremacists at Charlottesville or when Leader McCarthy promoted a conspiracy about Jewish donors buying elections," she said. 

"Both are unacceptable," she added. 

Omar's latest controversy comes from remarks she made last week at a Washington restaurant and bookstore. 

“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.

She later tweeted, “I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee.”

Omar's comments sparked outrage from Republicans and some Democrats, who said her comment invoked the anti-Semitic belief that Jews are more loyal to Israel than the U.S. 

Omar supporters, however, contend that she is facing undue scrutiny because she is Muslim.

Omar also recently faced criticism for tweeting that politicians' support for Israel is "all about the Benjamins." She later apologized for that tweet.  

The House is expected to vote on a resolution on Thursday that does not mention Omar by name, but condemns both anti-Semitism and "anti-Muslim discrimination and bigotry against all minorities."

Gillibrand, is running against many other senators including Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Warren introduces bill to cancel student loan debt for millions Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission Biden announces plan to counteract mass incarceration MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Warren introduces bill to cancel student loan debt for millions Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission MORE (D-Mass.) for the Democratic nomination for president. 

Harris, Warren and Sanders have all defended Omar