Minn. Dems Seek 2020 Primary Challenger to Anti-Semite Ilhan Omar

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Bernie Sanders (VT) apologized and deleted a Facebook post about American Jews' "dual allegiance" after Politico contacted her about the comment, which has been criticized as anti-Semitic. "Issues of allegiance and loyalty to one's country come with painful history", Belén Sisa, Sanders' national deputy press secretary, told Politico Tuesday.

Minnesota Democrats who are angry and offended at Rep. Ilhan Omar for her string of comments about Jews and Israel are reportedly considering squelching her next nomination and running a different candidate in her place. When she has been confronted about comments or positions like these, she either expresses confusion or runs away. "Ilhan Omar went from being a Somalian refugee to a fearless Congresswoman on the hill, and has demonstrated that she is willing to learn", she continued. "There's definitely talk about people wanting someone to run against her", said state Sen. She suggested pro-Israel lawmakers have dual loyalties and that they pledged their "allegiance to a foreign country".

"I welcome debate in Congress based on the merits of policy, but it's unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow American citizens due to their political views, including support for the US-Israel relationship", Engel said in the statement.

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Latz, who supported Omar's rival in the 2018 Democratic primary, said the freshman Democrat should be anxious. "She is part of a group of young progressives that is starting a lot of uncomfortable and overdue conversations on the left about climate change, and health care, and yes, Israel and Palestine".

Omar is one of the first two female Muslim House members, along with Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, and has been the target of Islamophobic and racist attacks.

Sanders, who is Jewish, defended Omar in a statement last week.

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