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Democrats have been falling over themselves to try and defend Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) anti-Semitism, but House Minority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) might have just taken the cake.

Clyburn, in an interview with the Hill’s Mike Ellis, basically told descendants of Holocaust survivors and those who were put in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Japanese internment camps to “check their privilege” (h/t Seth Mandel).

The Hill described Clyburn’s comments thusly:

Clyburn came to Omar’s defense Wednesday, lamenting that many of the media reports surrounding the recent controversy have omitted mentioning that Omar, who was born in Somalia, had to flee the country to escape violence and spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp before coming to the United States.

Her experience, Clyburn argued, is much more empirical — and powerful — than that of people who are generations removed from the Holocaust, Japanese internment camps during World War II and the other violent episodes that have marked history.

In case one suspects this is an uncharitable paraphrase, here’s what Clyburn said right after:

“I’m serious about that. There are people who tell me, ‘Well, my parents are Holocaust survivors.’ ‘My parents did this.’ It’s more personal with her,” Clyburn said. “I’ve talked to her, and I can tell you she is living through a lot of pain.”

But Clyburn wasn’t done. The Hill reports that Clyburn claimed to have a special appreciation for Omar’s experience after talking with Rep. Norman Mineta (D-CA), who was in an internment camp during World War II. Basically, he has a formerly interned friend, so he totally can’t be a bigot.

Further, Clyburn suggested Omar is the real victim in all this and that he would try to target a digital billboard in Pennsylvania he claimed is racist.

“She won’t be targeted. We’re going to target those people who had her picture on the Twin Towers,” Clyburn told the Hill. “This resolution is going to be inclusive; it’s going to be expansive; and I might just try to add something to deal with that billboard that’s up in Pennsylvania this morning calling John Lewis and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus racists.”

So, Omar won’t be targeted for anti-Semitic remarks, but a random guy in Pennsylvania who put up billboards will be? The billboards take shots at “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s alleged hate crime hoax, and calls multiple black Democrats, including Lewis and Omar, “racists.” Another billboard says “whites have rights.” The man who put up the billboards denied he was trying to be racist, saying he was trying to start a conversation that it’s not just whites who can be racist.

“Racism is misunderstood in America and I want to have the conversation,” the man told WPXI. “We need to get over: I’m black. You’re white. You’re Hispanic. Who cares? I don’t care about that. I do care about how you act and how you stand for my flag, our flag.”

Clyburn’s comments may be the most outrageous, but he is not the only one now defending Omar and anti-Semitism. Those vying for the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination have rushed to defend Omar as well.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Grace Joy

    March 9, 2019 at 8:20 am

    She should go back to Somalia & do something about the Mus lim violence instead of bringing it here. Way in excess of 670 million infidels were horrifically slaughtered in less than 1400 yrs for Is lam to control 56 countries; & who knows how many were ensl aved, se xually & otherwise. That USA must become a MUs lim nation because its “refugees” want a new canvas to vomit on is unacceptable.

    These “leaders” want only to stay in power & become wealthy by selling us out to Soros et al of OpenSocietiesFoundation. Agenda 21, culling of 1/3 of the population to make room, another 1/3 to be able to fit everyone in the Big Cities AOC wants to build as prisons . . .all the while brainwashing the kids in schools to be Hit ler’s Youth . . .

  2. Linda

    March 9, 2019 at 11:18 am

    And, I thought Pelosi’s explanation was insane. Maybe Clyburn and Pelosi are kinfolk since they are both, well you know, roaches.

  3. Ginny

    March 9, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Stop this Neo-Nazi Democrat from over throwing USA.
    He is a bought & paid for Soros Communist

  4. Rebecca Davis

    March 9, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    I’m beginning to think Mr. Clyburn is showing signs of dementia. He’s in his late 70’s, and has been a US Congressman for 26 years. He’s been a hard-working man all his life. He’s been making some odd friends lately, Louis Farrakhan among them, and failed to support reasonable House resolutions and bills. It’s time he stepped down.

  5. Michael

    March 9, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    ”Omar, who was born in Somalia, had to flee the country to escape violence and spent four years in a Kenyan refugee camp before coming to the United States.” And what exactly does that have to do with Israel or Jews? How exactly does that justify her comments?

  6. cecil

    March 10, 2019 at 9:30 am

    This man should not tell people he’s from South Carolina. It time for the people to let him know that we are going to put up with his Comments. VOTE HIM OUT.

  7. janice alderson

    March 10, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Just goes to show you where the snakes and rats are. Wake up America.

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