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

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCornyn campaign, Patton Oswalt trade jabs over comedian's support for Senate candidate MJ Hegar announces Texas Senate bid Liberal survey: Sanders cruising, Buttigieg rising MORE (R-Texas) on Monday praised Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrevor Noah on lack of Pelosi nickname from Trump: 'There is a reverence for her' Trump says he would challenge impeachment in Supreme Court The Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? 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 McCarthyWatchdog: Custodial staff alleged sexual harassment in lawmakers' offices John Legend, Chrissy Teigen lash out at Trump at Dem retreat Republicans call for ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to be referred to DOJ MORE (R-Calif.) promising "action" toward the Minnesota lawmaker and Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Dems seek to rein in calls for impeachment The silencing of American Muslims 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 EngelDem House chairs: Mueller report 'does not exonerate the president' Live coverage: Frenzy in DC as Congress, White House brace for Mueller report House Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOn The Money: Treasury misses second Dem deadline on Trump tax returns | Waters renews calls for impeachment | Dem wants Fed pick to apologize for calling Ohio cities 'armpits of America' | Stocks reach record high after long recovery On The Money: Cain withdraws from Fed consideration | Says he didn't want 'pay cut' | Trump sues to block subpoena for financial records | Dems plot next move in Trump tax-return battle Pelosi downplays impeachment post-Mueller report 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.