Israeli Ban Of Omar And Tlaib Puts Democrats In Awkward Position

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., left, joined at right by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens to President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Israeli governments move announced earlier today that Rep. Ilhan Omar D-Minn and Rep. Rashida Tlaib D-Mich would be banned from making a trip there beginning on Sunday, has created waves in both countries diplomatically.


This has also created another potential problem for the Democrats in Congress.

Some background first.

The current President of these United States happens to be Donald Trump and he is not a fan of these two ladies and the other members of the “Progressive Cheer Squad” and those that share their mindset. In fact, just before the official announcement from the Israeli Interior Ministry confirming the ban saying it was “inconceivable that those who wish to harm the state of Israel while visiting would be granted entry”, Trump tweeted this…

It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!

Generally, Presidents don’t make such statements about their counterparts in the Article I branch of government. However, we are now fully aware that in the “Age of Trump” the rule book on these things has been thrown out the window. Trump operates on a totally different level than any President before so that which was once uncommon is now commonplace.


The President also flat out said that this in a tweet just after the announcement was made…

Representatives Omar and Tlaib are the face of the Democrat Party, and they HATE Israel!

So it is clear that President Trump not only pushed for this ban but thinks that Omar and Tlaib hate Israel. Is that a fair argument?

Well, it is one that the Democrats in the House of Representatives actually confronted earlier this year.

From a March 4th article over at NPR

House Democrats are again considering a vote on a new resolution condemning anti-Semitism in response to recent comments by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., that senior members of the party and Jewish groups say play on anti-Semitic tropes. A House Democratic leadership aide said the vote could come as early as Wednesday.

A spokesman for Omar has not responded to a request for comment on the resolution.

The infighting among Democrats has largely played out on social media, but this time the Minnesota Democrat is pushing back against her colleagues who say she should apologize and change her tone.

The House voted 424-0 last month on a Republican motion to condemn anti-Semitism following a controversy over Omar’s tweets in which she suggested lawmakers support Israel only because of Jewish lobbying influence and money.


The article also goes on to talk about how House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, D-N.Y and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y both pushed back on these comments. Engel went as far as to ask for her to be removed from his committee. Also, Speaker Nancy Pelosi was contacted by the head of the Anti-Defamation League to condemn the statements made.

Just a mere 5 months ago Democrats voted to essentially tell one of the members of the squad to shove it. Of course in the most polite way the House can.

Pelosi is going to have to walk a fine line here. The one HUGE advantage she has is that Donald Trump has already mixed it up with these two. The media will run with picking on people of color nonsense and that he got Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to play along.

The huge downside is that Pelosi is once again dealing with a minority in her caucus that thinks they represent the country thus that anything they say is speaking for the people. So far, that has not proven to be true.

Even though the “Go Back To Your Own Country” line from Trump created a bit of a cease-fire in the battle between Pelosi and the cheer crew, it won’t last. Like her or despise her, Nancy Pelosi knows how to lead. The ones who criticize Donald Trump for tweeting and do the exact same thing don’t have that skill yet. If they take this as a signal to start firing off some crazy stuff, Trump will win that battle every day.


Which in that case could lead to the beginning of the break of that ceasefire because of the pressure behind the scenes of people agreeing with the ban in Dem circles.

We now have under 15 months until the next Presidential election. The Dem POTUS hopefuls are turning up the rhetoric on Trump and soon to be each other. Nancy Pelosi wants to keep herself as a Speaker and keep the newbies from going off the rails with language that is or may seem anti sematic.

Even with Trump as the foil will the democrats be able to keep their radical members in line?

We have just over 400 days until we find out and it will be well worth watching.

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