Kevin McCarthy vows to kick Ilhan Omar OFF the House Foreign Affairs Committee as speaker

Kevin McCarthy vows to kick Ilhan Omar OFF the House Foreign Affairs Committee as speaker

  • ‘We watch antisemitism grow not just on our campuses, but we watched it grow In the halls of Congress,’ McCarthy, R-Calif., told a crowd
  • ‘I promised you last year she would no longer be on Foreign affairs. I’m keeping that promise’ he said of Omar to cheers at the RJC leadership meeting
  • After Republicans eked out a narrow majority in the House, they elected McCarthy as their leader again last week
  • McCarthy could not remove Omar unless a majority of House members voted in favor of doing so, as a Twitter fact check on his claim points out 

GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy over the weekend vowed to remove Squad member Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over ‘antisemitism’ if he’s elected speaker.

‘We watch antisemitism grow not just on our campuses, but we watched it grow In the halls of Congress,’ McCarthy, R-Calif., told a crowd at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s 2022 leadership meeting in Las Vegas. 

‘You know I made another promise to you last time. There was this congresswoman, Ilhan Omar,’ he said, prompting boos from the crowd. ‘I remember what she said about me. I remember what she said about Israel. I remember what she said about the [U.S.-Israel] relationship. I remembered it so much, I promised you last year she would no longer be on Foreign affairs. I’m keeping that promise.’ The audience cheered.

After Republicans eked out a narrow majority in the House, they elected McCarthy as their leader again last week, despite a challenge from the House Freedom Caucus. He will have to be elected again in January as speaker and he will have to convince many of the 31 who voted against him to change their vote this time around to win a majority in the full House. 

GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy over the weekend vowed to remove Squad member Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over 'antisemitism' if he's elected speaker

GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy over the weekend vowed to remove Squad member Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over ‘antisemitism’ if he’s elected speaker

McCarthy could not remove Omar from a committee unless a majority of House members voted in favor of doing so, as a Twitter fact check on his claim points out

McCarthy could not remove Omar from a committee unless a majority of House members voted in favor of doing so, as a Twitter fact check on his claim points out

McCarthy could not remove Omar from a committee unless a majority of House members voted in favor of doing so, as a Twitter fact check on his claim points out.  

McCarthy has also previously promised to reinstate Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s committee assignments after Democrats stripped her of them after a number of incendiary statements. Now, Greene is a vocal McCarthy supporter and has promised to whip her Freedom Caucus colleagues in line behind him. 

Since being elected to Congress in 2018, Omar has been accused of antisemitism after a number of statement she’s made. She once said it was ‘all about the Benjamins’ for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and tweeted, ‘We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,’ seeming to equate Israel to Hamas. 

McCarthy’s reference to ‘what she said about me’ likely points at when Omar called him ‘a liar and a coward’ after he refused to discipline Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., after she said Omar was a member of the ‘jihad squad,’ joking that she feared Omar, a Somali-American Muslim, carried a bomb. 

Omar spokesman Jeremy Slevin said McCarthy was not concerned about antisemitism but was only concerned about silencing the Minnesota Democrat. 

‘MTG [Greene] ran an ad holding a machine gun to [Omar’s] head and said Muslims couldn’t be in Congress. Donald Trump led fascist chantS of ‘send her back,’ leading to death threats. This has nothing to do with antisemitism and everything to do with silencing her by any means necessary,’ he wrote on Twitter.

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