Vice President Mike Pence just made a move and demanded Rep. Ilhan Omar to be removed from House Foreign Affairs Committee.
On Friday, the Vice President renewed his demand for Democrats to remove freshman lawmaker Rep. Ilhan Omar, of her seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“Ilhan Omar has made statements … anti-semetic comments … Statements against our most cherished ally: Israel … that ought to be rejected by every American,” VP Pence said during an interview with “Fox and Friends.” “And frankly the fact that very recently she has been trying to blame the United States of America for the deprivation and poverty brought on by the dictatorship in Venezuela.”
Rep. Omar first drew the ire of Republicans on Capitol Hill and political allies of Trump’s administration when she tweeted her disrespect for a pro-Israel influence in Congress.
Recently, Rep. Omar blamed U.S. policy toward Venezuela for the ongoing humanitarian crisis, telling left-leaning news organization “Democracy Now,” “A lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela. And we’ve sort of set the stage for where we’re arriving today.”
Rep. Omar got her seat in Congress as part of the so-called blue wave last November that placed a historic amount of women and women of color in the House of Representatives, giving Democrats the majority back in that chamber.
Along with freshmen allies like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Omar’s progressive stances on the economy, social issues, and foreign policy have given Trump even more supporters for the 2020 election cycle.
President Trump himself has shown no restraint in slamming Rep. Omar and her fiery rhetoric, saying on few occasions she “has a way about her” that is “very unpatriotic.”
This week, while speaking at an event in Minnesota, Mike Pence alluded to Rep. Omar’s remarks costing her the seat she holds in Congress.
“The people of Minnesota will decide whether or not she remains in Congress,” VP Mike Pence said. “Congresswoman Omar has no place on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Democratic leadership out to remove her.”