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Ocasio-Cortez Rips Omar’s Critics: ‘No One Seeks This Level Of Reprimand’ For Homophobic, Racist Statements


Ocasio-Cortez Rips Omar’s Critics: ‘No One Seeks This Level Of Reprimand’ For Homophobic, Racist Statements

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday took to Twitter to push back against the effort by some lawmakers to reprimand Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) over statements that prompted allegations of anti-Semitism.

Omar is being accused of anti-Semitism for referring to pro-Israel advocates’ “allegiance to a foreign country.”

“One of the things that is hurtful about the extent to which reprimand is sought of Ilhan is that no one seeks this level of reprimand when members make statements about Latinx + other communities (during the shutdown, a GOP member yelled ‘Go back to Puerto Rico!’ on the floor),” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a day before the House is set to vote on a resolution condemning alleged anti-Semitism by Omar.

“It’s not my position to tell people how to feel, or that their hurt is invalid,” she continued. “But incidents like these do beg the question: where are the resolutions against homophobic statements? For anti-blackness? For xenophobia? For a member saying he’ll ‘send Obama home to Kenya?'”

A video from 2012 of Rep. Mark Meadows resurfaced last week in which he said at a rally that “2012 is the time we’re going to send Mr. Obama home to Kenya or wherever it is.”

“In this administration + all others, we should actively check antisemitism, anti-blackness, homophobia, racism, and all other forms of bigotry,” she tweeted. “And the most productive end goal when we see it is to educate and heal. It’s the difference btwn ‘calling in’ before ‘calling out.'”

Ocasio-Cortez claimed that the resolution falls under “calling out” and should be “one of the measure of last resort,” and should only be done after “repeated attempts to ‘call in’ are disrespected or ignored.”

“I believe that Ilhan, in her statement a few weeks ago, has demonstrated a willingness to listen+work w/impacted communities,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

The New York congresswoman noted that she has called out white or male allies in the past when they have said something insensitive by pulling them aside and explaining why their comments were hurtful and where they could learn more about it.

She also tweeted that “a good chunk of Congress would be gone” if there were a resolution on sexist statements made by her colleagues.

“To jump to the nuclear option every time leaves no room for corrective action,” she tweeted. “So I ask *everyone* that we practice calling in before calling out.”

Omar also received backlash last month after she questioned the political influence of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee by tweeting the phrase “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.” The congresswoman has since apologized for that statement.


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