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

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

Rep. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinSunday shows preview: Lawmakers weigh in on Trump impeachment trial; Biden administration eyes timeline for mass vaccinations NY Republicans want Justice Department to subpoena Cuomo over nursing homes Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variants spread in US; Redditors shake Wall Street with Gamestop stock MORE (R-N.Y.) accused Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSix ways to visualize a divided America Jamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' To address global fragility, we must start locally 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 SchultzDeSantis threatens to divert vaccines from communities criticizing distribution Lobbying world Democrats urge Biden FDA to drop in-person rule for abortion pill 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.