Kevin McCarthy vows to expel Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee as a speaker

Kevin McCarthy vows to expel Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee as a speaker

  • “We see anti-Semitism grow not only on our campuses, but we’ve seen it grow in the halls of Congress,” McCarthy, a Republican from California, told a crowd.
  • I promised you last year that I would no longer be in Foreign Affairs. I am keeping that promise,’ he said of Omar to applause at the RJC leadership meeting.
  • After Republicans won a narrow majority in the House, they elected McCarthy as their leader again last week.
  • McCarthy could not remove Omar unless a majority of House members voted to do so, as a Twitter fact-check on his claim notes.

GOP leader Kevin McCarthy over the weekend vowed to remove team member Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee for “anti-Semitism” if he is elected president.

“We see anti-Semitism grow not just on our campuses, but we’ve seen it grow in the halls of Congress,” McCarthy, R-Calif., told a crowd at the 2022 Republican Jewish Coalition leadership meeting in Las Vegas.

You know I made you another promise last time. There was this congresswoman, Ilhan Omar,’ he said, drawing boos from the crowd. I remember what he said about me. I remember what he said about Israel. I remember what he said about the [U.S.-Israel] relationship. I remembered him so well that I promised you last year that he would no longer be in Foreign Relations. I am keeping that promise. The audience cheered.

After Republicans won a narrow majority in the House, they re-elected McCarthy as their leader last week, despite a challenge from the House Freedom Caucus. He will have to be elected again in January as president and will have to convince many of the 31 who voted against him to change his vote this time to win a majority in the plenary session of the House.

GOP leader Kevin McCarthy over the weekend vowed to remove team member Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee for

Republican Party leader Kevin McCarthy over the weekend vowed to remove team member Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee for “anti-Semitism” if he is elected president.

McCarthy couldn’t remove Omar from a committee unless a majority of House members voted to do so, as a Twitter fact-check on his claim notes.

McCarthy couldn’t remove Omar from a committee unless a majority of House members voted to do so, as a Twitter fact-check on his claim notes.

McCarthy also previously promised to reinstate Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s committee appropriations after Democrats stripped her of them after a series of inflammatory remarks. Greene is now a vocal McCarthy supporter and has vowed to flog her Freedom Caucus colleagues into lining up behind him.

Since being elected to Congress in 2018, Omar has been accused of anti-Semitism after a series of statements she made. He once said that “it was all about the Benjamins” for the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and tweeted: “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the United States, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan and the Taliban,” which seem to equate to Israel. to Hamas.

McCarthy’s reference to “what he said about me” likely points to Omar calling him a “liar and a coward” after he refused to discipline Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Colorado Republican, after she said Omar was a member. of the ‘jihad’. squad,’ joking that she feared Omar, a Somali-American Muslim, was carrying a bomb.

Omar’s spokesman, Jeremy Slevin, said McCarthy was not concerned about anti-Semitism, but only about silencing the Minnesota Democrat.

‘MTG [Greene] posted an ad holding a machine gun for [Omar’s] head and said that Muslims could not be in Congress. Donald Trump led fascist chants of ‘send her back’, prompting death threats. This has nothing to do with antisemitism and everything to do with silencing her by any means necessary,’ he wrote on Twitter.