Gillibrand condemns Omar remarks, GOP 'hypocrisy'

Gillibrand condemns Omar remarks, GOP 'hypocrisy'
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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandNow is the time for a US data protection agency The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren up, Bloomberg down after brutal debate Ginsburg, accepting lifetime achievement award, urges working fathers to take an active role in kids' lives MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday condemned remarks about Israel made by Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSanders unveils plan for government-funded child care, pre-K Ilhan Omar accuses Meghan McCain of trafficking in 'anti-Muslim smears and hate speech' Sanders wins endorsement of top Muslim group 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 TrumpTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals 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 SandersSanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Juan Williams: Black votes matter Clyburn: Biden 'suffered' from not doing 'enough' in early debates MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenCandidates face pressure to exit presidential race Buttigieg proposes undoing SALT deduction cap Bloomberg called Warren 'scary,' knocked Obama's first term in leaked audio MORE (D-Mass.) for the Democratic nomination for president. 

Harris, Warren and Sanders have all defended Omar