Democrats’ freshmen class of lawmakers are providing the party with a new source of passion — and a lot of headaches.
A series of tweets sent Sunday night from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) are another addition for the latter category.
The tweets began after a writer for the Intercept, Glenn Greenwald, posted a story about Rep. Kevin McCarthy “threatening punishment” of Rep. Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) “over their criticisms of Israel.” (As CNN’s Jake Tapper noted, McCarthy’s comments were actually directed at “what he sees as anti-Semitic rhetoric from Reps. Omar and Tlaib.”)
Rep. Omar responded to Greenwald’s post with, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby”:
It’s all about the Benjamins baby 🎶 https://t.co/KatcXJnZLV
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 10, 2019
The apparent insinuation that Jewish interests were compelling Rep. McCarthy’s actions prompted some to ask Rep. Omar for clarification.
When a writer for the Forward asked, “Would love to know who Omar thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel,” Rep. Omar responded: “AIPAC!”
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019