House Democratic leadership backed Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced plans to remove her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, with the head of the Democratic Caucus predicting that Republicans will join him in an effort to keep her there.
During a news conference Wednesday morning, House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., fielded a question about Omar’s potential ouster from the committee and offered a reminder that Omar is not automatically off the committee just because McCarthy made the announcement.
“It would take a vote and a resolution for that to happen and the Democratic Caucus stands with Representative Omar that she should serve on this committee. And we’ll see how Republicans want to handle this,” Aguilar said.
Omar has upset colleagues in the past with anti-Israel statements that have played on antisemitic tropes, such as when she said, “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby” to explain why McCarthy criticized her for opposing the Jewish State. She also drew ire for a remark in which she compared the U.S. and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks in Brooklyn