'These Are Her Beliefs': Scalise Says Omar Must Be Removed From Committee Over Anti-Semitic Comments
Rep. Ilhan Omar must be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over her anti-Semitic rhetoric, says House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.
In recent weeks, Omar (D-Minn.) has drawn strong bipartisan criticism for her comments about Israel and U.S. support of the Jewish state.
House Democratic leaders plan to bring to the floor Wednesday a resolution condemning anti-Semitism.
And on Monday, Omar was met with a petition to have her removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee, a move Scalise (R-La.) believes is necessary.
The petition, pushed by a group of leading Jewish organizations, was addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), who chairs the committee.
"The resolution only addresses a piece of the problem. She continues to display anti-Semitic remarks, comments. These are her beliefs," Scalise said on "America's Newsroom" Tuesday. "So, if they really are serious about addressing the problem, Nancy Pelosi has to remove her from the Foreign Affairs Committee."
He pointed out that as a member of the committee, Omar receives intelligence briefings on U.S. foreign policy, including the relationship with Israel.
"Why would you have her on a committee that important, that sensitive to our foreign policy if she has those kind of ant-Semitic beliefs, unless you're willing to tolerate it?" Scalise said. "And it shouldn't be tolerated. She ought to be removed immediately from the Foreign Affairs Committee."
Watch the "America's Newsroom" interview above, and see Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) weigh in on the Omar controversy below.