During her speech at a recent rally on Capitol Hill, Rep. Ilhan Omar lashed out against US President Donald Trump, whom she described as “the occupant of the White House”, insisting that his “vile attacks” and “demented views are not welcome here”.
"At this moment, the occupant of the White House… and his allies are doing everything that they can to distance themselves and misinform the public from the monsters that they created that is terrorising the Jewish community and the Muslim community", Omar said as quoted by Haaretz. "Because when we are talking about anti-Semitism we must also talk about Islamophobia. It is two sides to the same coin of bigotry".
Referring to a recent shooting in a synagogue in California, she said that the perpetrator is also "accused of attempting to bomb a mosque".
"So I can't ever speak of Islamophobia and fight for Muslims if I am not willing to fight against anti-Semitism. We collectively need to make sure that we are dismantling all systems of oppression", she stated.
Many social media users, however, seemed reluctant to forget the earlier controversial statements made by Omar and to side with her.
This woman is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I do not trust or believe a word she says. Her previous hate speech and anti-Semitic rhetoric is not forgotten or forgiven.— USCombatVeteran (@USCombatVet) 1 мая 2019 г.
As one of the people who are targeting the Jewish community with antisemitism is @IlhanMN— cshadowitz (@cshadowitz) 1 мая 2019 г.
If anyone is responsible for that it’s her. She has done it to herself with her very own words. Zero sympathy for her— Mr. McMexican (@BoyZilian1) 1 мая 2019 г.
Ilhan Omar has found herself facing severe backlash on a number of occasions over her controversial remarks. Earlier, she suggested that Jewish organisations pay US politicians to support Israel, with many considering this remark to be anti-Semitic.
Last month, she was also thrust into the spotlight after US President Donald Trump tweeted a video featuring her describing the 9/11 terrorist attacks as “some people did something”, with the congresswoman later complaining that she "experienced an increase in direct threats” on her life as a result.