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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Trump calls on Muslim congresswoman to resign over 'anti-Semitism'

After US Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota apologized statements she made on Twitter deemed by many to be anti-Semitic, President Donald Trump characterized her apology as "lame" and called on Omar - who is one of the only two Muslim women in Congress - to resign.

On Monday, Omar posted a statement of apology on Twitter for previous tweets where she insinuated money is the reason US lawmakers support Israel.“We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me about my identity,” Omar said. “This is why I unequivocally apologize.”

Omar has faced criticism since her election over her positions on the Jewish state, but it boiled over late Sunday after she reacted to a Republican critic in a tweet.

Referring to Benjamin Franklin who appears on $100 bills, the Muslim Congresswoman from Minnesota tweeted that "it's all about the Benjamins baby," quote-tweeting journalist Glenn Greenwald, who wrote that "GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It's stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans.

"Replying to a tweet by Forward journalist Batya Ungar-Sargon, who wrote: “Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel," Omar specified "AIPAC," the powerful pro-Israeli lobby.

Speaking at a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, Trump called Omar's apology "lame" and said "she didn't mean a word of it."

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