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

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHow to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian energy Cruz calls for 'every penny' of El Chapo's criminal enterprise to be used for Trump's wall after sentencing Conservatives defend Chris Pratt for wearing 'Don't Tread On Me' T-shirt MORE (R-Texas) on Monday praised Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump telling aides to look at potential spending cuts if he wins reelection: report Budget talks between White House, Pelosi spill into weekend Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony 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 McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants History in the House: Congress weathers unprecedented week EU official in Canada says he feels 'at home' there because no one was shouting 'send him back' MORE (R-Calif.) promising "action" toward the Minnesota lawmaker and Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden compares Trump to George Wallace Padma Lakshmi on Trump's handling of 'send her back' chant: 'It's Charlottesville 2.0' Trump defends response to rally chant: I did not 'lead people on' 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 EngelAl Green says impeachment is 'only solution' to Trump's rhetoric Mystery surrounds elusive sanctions on Russia Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCourt filings show Trump, Cohen contacts amid hush money payments House passes annual intelligence bill Judge finds Stone violated gag order, blocks him from using social media 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.