The House on Thursday voted to pass a resolution removing Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from her position on the Foreign Affairs Committee.
The move came after Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) rallied 218 Republicans to back the resolution condemning Omar for previous comments deemed antisemitic, and removing her from the committee. One Republican, Rep. Dave Joyce of Ohio, voted present, NBC News reports.
Prior to her removal, Omar gave an emotional and defiant floor speech, blaming her ouster on racism.
“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant, or if you are from certain parts of the world or a certain skin tone, or a Muslim. It is no accident that members of the Republican Party accused the first black president, Barack Obama, of being a secret Muslim,” she said, adding “Well, I am Muslim.”
“I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa. Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy? Or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”
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— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 2, 2023
…as did her allies.
On Sunday, Omar attempted to do damage control ahead of this week’s vote – telling CNN that she didn’t realize she was being anti-Semitic when she said that “Israel has hypnotized the world” while doing “evil.”