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Anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) snapped at a CNN reporter on Wednesday, bridling under increasing media scrutiny over her anti-Semitic beliefs.
CNN’s Manu Raju — who has arguably done the best job of tracking down Omar and asking her tough questions — approached her and asked her about President Donald Trump’s call for her to resign from Congress.
“The president said that you should resign and the vice president said you should be held accountable for your views,” Raju said to Omar. “Can you respond to that?”
Omar ran behind a door to avoid the question, only responding: “No, thank you.”
Raju later tried to question Omar over her response to President Trump, when she tweeted: “Hi @realDonaldTrump, You have trafficked in hate your whole life—against Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more. I learned from people impacted by my words. When will you?”
You have trafficked in hate your whole life—against Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more. I learned from people impacted by my words. When will you? https://t.co/EqqTyjkiNE
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 13, 2019
“Are you serious?” Omar asked. “What is wrong with you?”
“I’m asking you a question about your tweet … saying the president trafficked in hate,” Raju replied.
“Yes, I tweeted, and there’s a response,” Omar fired back. “You can run that. Have a nice day.”
How Ilhan Omar is dealing with the aftermath of her controversial remarks, as Pelosi says she won't be stripped from committee spots, Engel declines to comment, and Omar says: "What's wrong with you?" when asked about her morning tweet on Trump. pic.twitter.com/yPdEq3D7N2
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 14, 2019
Earlier in the day before the segment aired on CNN, Raju described his encounter with Omar in a series of tweets.
“Rep. Ilhan Omar in no mood to talk about her controversies this week,” Raju said. “First, she said: ‘No thank you’ when asked to comment on Trump saying she should resign. Second time I saw her, she yelled: ‘Are you serious?’ when I tried to question her.”
“Asked about her tweet this AM attacking Trump for trafficking in hate, she angrily said: ‘Yes I tweeted, and there’s a response,'” Raju continued. “‘You can run that. Have a nice day.’ And she walked into a meeting.”
Asked about her tweet this AM attacking Trump for trafficking in hate, she angrily said: “Yes I tweeted, and there’s a response. You can run that. Have a nice day.” And she walked into a meeting
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 13, 2019
“Before I even got my question out the second time I saw her, Ilhan Omar angrily said: ‘Are you serious? What’s wrong with you?'” Raju later added.
Last week, Raju pressed Omar over her support for anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaigns against Israel.
“Why do you support BDS?” Raju asked. “Why do you support BDS?”
Omar turned and left once Raju asked the question, refusing to answer.
Anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) runs from CNN when they ask her why she supports anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaigns against Israel. pic.twitter.com/ovCNA6OxKG
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 5, 2019
Omar’s long week started on Sunday when she”displayed her blatant anti-Semitism by tweeting that GOP support for Israel was ‘all about the Benjamins,’ and followed by accusing AIPAC of paying American politicians to support Israel,” The Daily Wire reported, which led to “bipartisan condemnation of her remarks erupted, although no leading Democrats said a word about their colleague’s vile rhetoric.”
“To see this at the UN was a fight every day,” former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley tweeted. “This CANNOT be tolerated in our own Congress by anyone of either party. In a time of increased anti semitism, we all must be held to account. No excuses.”
“One of my greatest honors is leading new members on a bipartisan trip to Israel to showcase the shared values and unbreakable bond between our countries,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted. “Anti-Semitic tropes have no place in the halls of Congress. It is dangerous for Democrat leadership to stay silent on this reckless language.”