Ilhan Omar: Endorsement of Black-Jewish Caucus 'isn't an endorsement of Zeldin's bigotry'

Ilhan Omar: Endorsement of Black-Jewish Caucus 'isn't an endorsement of Zeldin's bigotry'
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Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar urges Democrats to focus on nonvoters over 'disaffected Trump voters' Omar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE (D-Minn.) said Thursday her endorsement of the newly formed bipartisan Congressional Black-Jewish Caucus is not an endorsement of a Republican congressman's "bigotry." 

"Just to be clear, my endorsement of the caucus and willingness to unite our communities against the threats of White supremacy isn’t an endorsement of Zeldin’s bigotry!" Omar said.

Reps. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.), Brenda LawrenceBrenda Lulenar LawrenceHillicon Valley: FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden | Treasury Dept. sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers Lawmakers call for expanded AI role in education, business to remain competitive The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Pence lauds Harris as 'experienced debater'; Trump, Biden diverge over debate prep MORE (D-Mich.) and Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinDCCC reserves new ad buys in competitive districts, adds new members to 'Red to Blue' program Overnight Defense: House panel probes Pompeo's convention speech | UN council rejects US demand to restore Iran sanctions | Court rules against Pentagon policy slowing expedited citizenship The Hill's 12:30 Report: Republicans conduct in-person convention roll call MORE (R-N.Y.) announced the newly formed caucus at an AJC global forum. AJC is a global Jewish advocacy organization


Omar's comment comes as a response to an AJC official's question to Palestinian rights activist Linda Sarsour regarding her opposition to the new caucus. 

Sarsour tweeted that Zeldin is "still an anti-Arab, anti-Palestinian bigot who called Obama a racist" and "campaigns with neo-Nazis," adding "Muslim women don't always agree." 

Omar didn't refute Sarsour's comments about Zeldin, but said Thursday she hopes "Zeldin can learn and grow." 

The Black-Jewish Caucus aims to raise awareness of each community's sensitivities and needs, in Congress and out, according to AJC's announcement on Twitter. 

Zeldin and Omar have been at odds regarding conversations about hate and anti-Semitism.

Zeldin was one of 23 Republicans to vote against a resolution hate and anti-Semitism in March, arguing the bill should have specifically identified Omar after some of her remarks were seen as anti-Semitic by some lawmakers.