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In Support of Jewish Victims, Ilhan Omar Calls out Ted Cruz for Criticizing her but Failing to Condemn Poway Attack

Since being elected to the House in 2018, Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has become a favorite target of Republicans. One issue commonly raised with the Minnesota congresswoman are her past comments on Israel.

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When a white nationalist shot up a California synagogue this weekend, Ted Cruz used the incident to criticize Omar and what he called “The Anti-Semitic Left.” The congresswoman was quick to defend herself by pointing out that Cruz attacked her but failed to condemn the anti-semitic violence.

Cruz began the spat by tweeting, “The anti-Semitic Left—whether Ilhan Omar repeated anti-Israel slurs or The New York Times apologizing for Hamas terrorists (eg, on 3/14/18) & running racist cartoons—is getting worse. And the House can’t even pass an anti-Semitism resolution. Responsible Dems need to say Enough is Enough.”

Omar was quick to counter the congressman’s claims. She tweeted, “A white nationalist literally terrorized a synagogue during Passover yesterday and you have yet to say anything. Shame on you.”

The same day as the synagogue attack, Omar wrote, “My heart is breaking after today’s deadly shooting at Chabad Congregation in San Diego—on the last day of Passover and 6 months to the day after the Tree of Life shooting. We as a nation must confront the terrifying rise of religious hate and violence. Love trumps hate.”

Ted Cruz has not mentioned the incident or condemned the violence on his Twitter feed. Prominent Republicans like the Texas congressman are commonly criticized for failing to call out white nationalist violence. President Trump, himself, offered condolences to the victims but failed to mention the shooter’s ideologies.



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