Ted Cruz tweets 'Bravo Nancy' after Dem leadership criticizes Omar

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO’Rourke not ruling out being vice presidential candidate CNN ripped for hiring former Republican operative as political editor: 'WTF?!?!' The Hill's Morning Report - Can Bernie recapture 2016 magic? MORE (R-Texas) on Monday praised Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiWhy Omar’s views are dangerous Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Graham clashed with Pentagon chief over Syria | Talk grows that Trump will fire Coats | Coast Guard officer accused of domestic terrorism plot MORE (D-Calif.) for condemning Rep. Ilham Omar's (D-Minn.) tweets suggesting that lawmakers who defend Israel are motivated by money.

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"Something I never thought I’d say: Bravo Nancy!" the Texas senator tweeted, sharing Pelosi's statement on Omar's tweets.

"Thank you for having the courage to unequivocally condemn anti-Semitism," the Texas senator wrote.

 

Omar stirred controversy on Sunday evening with tweets that some asserted were anti-Semitic. Amid mounting criticism from GOP lawmakers, Pelosi and other members of House Democratic leadership condemned the freshman lawmaker's comments, and called her use of anti-Semitic tropes "deeply offensive."

"We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments," the top Democrats wrote.

Pelosi added that she spoke to Omar on Monday, and the two spoke about how to "to move forward as we reject anti-Semitism in all forms."

Omar prompted criticism from members of both major parties on Sunday evening when she retweeted journalist Glenn Greenwald's response to a story about House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySteve King asks for Congressional Record correction over white supremacist quote Steve King urges supporters to pray for his committee assignments to be restored: report Congress allows Violence Against Women Act to lapse MORE (R-Calif.) promising "action" toward the Minnesota lawmaker and Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTlaib condemns bar crawl event in Detroit as 'racist bulls---' Furor over Omar puts spotlight on AIPAC Democratic voters more opposed to border deal's provisions than Republicans MORE (D-Mich.) over their alleged anti-Semitism. She captioned that retweet with the message, "It's all about the Benjamins baby," referring to money.

Asked who she "thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel," Omar replied "AIPAC!" referencing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobbying group.

Republicans have seized on Omar's tweets to levy allegations of anti-Semitism. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has called on Democratic leadership to discipline Omar and to speak out against "anti-Semitic tropes."

A number of Democrats issued statements on Monday criticizing Omar for her tweets, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerold Nadler (D-N.Y.), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelVenezuela puts spotlight on Rubio House chairmen consult with counsel about ways to get notes from Trump-Putin meetings Cuba says US secretly moving special forces closer to Venezuela MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffPinterest blocks all vaccine-related searches in effort to combat anti-vax content Trump’s overreach is making a weaker presidency White House, GOP defend Trump emergency declaration MORE (D-Calif.).

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) similarly lauded Pelosi for her stance on Omar.

“I sincerely applaud Dem leadership for not excusing her bigoted and hateful comments toward @Israel,” Huckabee tweeted.