Lee Zeldin responds to Ilhan Omar accusing him of 'bigotry'

Lee Zeldin responds to Ilhan Omar accusing him of 'bigotry'

Rep. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinDemocrat Nancy Goroff wins NY primary to challenge Lee Zeldin Congress pulls punches on Russian bounties firestorm US lawmakers call on EU to label entire Hezbollah a terrorist organization MORE (R-N.Y.) accused Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan Omar'This already exists': Democrats seize on potential Trump executive order on preexisting conditions Minneapolis Star Tribune endorses Ilhan Omar's primary challenger Tlaib wins Michigan Democratic primary MORE (D-Minn) of trying to "poison" a newly formed caucus after she accused him of "bigotry" in an endorsement of the caucus.

Zeldin announced the newly formed Congressional Black-Jewish Caucus at an American Jewish Committee (AJC) global forum with Reps. Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzMichelle Obama wishes Barack a happy birthday: 'My favorite guy' Florida county official apologizes for social media post invoking Hitler  The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Lauren Underwood says Americans face economic crisis if Senate fails to act on unemployment benefits extension; US surpasses 4 million cases, 1,000+ deaths for third straight day MORE (D-Fla.) and Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.).

AJC is a global Jewish advocacy organization.

Zeldin, who launched the caucus with two House Democrats, said the group is aimed at "building bridges." 

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"Be helpful, accurate & better. Unite; don't divide or try to poison like this latest personal attack. This is bigger than us & we have to be better than this," Zeldin tweeted Thursday.

The tweet is in response to Omar's earlier one where she clarified that her endorsement of the caucus was not an endorsement of "Zeldin's bigotry." 

Zeldin was among the lawmakers who called out some controversial remarks Omar made that he and others said were anti-Semitic. He went on to be one of 23 Republicans to vote against an anti-Semitism bill in March, arguing it did not go far enough by not identifying Omar.