Schumer takes apparent swipe at Omar in AIPAC speech

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocratic senator blasts 'draconian' press restrictions during impeachment trial Feds seek 25-year sentence for Coast Guard officer accused of targeting lawmakers, justices Clinton: McConnell's rules like 'head juror colluding with the defendant to cover up a crime' MORE (D-N.Y.) became the latest of several lawmakers to take an apparent swipe at Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarJayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders MORE (D-Minn.) in a speech at a pro-Israel conference Monday, while calling for leaders to call out anti-Semitism. 

In his speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) annual conference, Schumer drew a parallel between Omar’s remarks in February that she wanted “to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country” and President TrumpDonald John TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign MORE’s remarks following a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017.

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"When someone says that being Jewish and supporting Israel means you’re not loyal to America, we must call it out. When someone looks at a neo-Nazi rally and sees some 'very fine people' among its company, we must call it out," Schumer said in his address, according to Fox News.

He also referenced as an example accusations that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Cheney's decision not to run for Senate sparks Speaker chatter Mark Mellman: A failure of GOP leadership MORE's (R-Calif.) tweet suggesting George Soros was trying to buy an election was anti-Semitic.

"When someone names only prominent Jews as trying to 'buy' or 'steal' our elections, we must call it out," Schumer said.

Schumer also alluded to an earlier controversy involving Omar, who said in a now-deleted tweet that politicians’ support of AIPAC was “all about the Benjamins.”

“When someone suggests that money drives support for Israel, we must call it out,” Schumer said. “You can be a Jew and care about Israel and it doesn’t make you any less of an American. You can be a Jew and lobby for Israel and it doesn’t make you any less of an American.”

Numerous other conference speakers from both parties have taken apparent shots at Omar without mentioning her by name. On Monday, Vice President Pence said “anyone who slanders those who support this historic alliance between the United States and Israel should never have a seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee of the United States House of Representatives,” referencing the committee to which Omar has been assigned.

Following Omar's controversial tweets, President Trump in February called on the freshman lawmaker to resign or be barred from serving on the committee.

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules House revives agenda after impeachment storm House poised to hand impeachment articles to Senate MORE (D-Md.) at AIPAC also called out “charges of dual loyalty” in his remarks to the conference.

Schumer's comments came at the end of the day Monday, hours after Trump signed a proclamation officially granting U.S. recognition of Israel’s claim over the Golan Heights, reversing decades of American policy regarding the disputed territory between Israel and Syria.

-Updated 1 p.m.