Bartiromo to House Dem on Rep. Omar: She Should 'Step Off' Committee' If She's 'Trashing Israel'
Maria Bartiromo said Thursday that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) should "step off" the Foreign Affairs Committee if she is making anti-Semitic comments or otherwise "trashing Israel."
On "Mornings With Maria" on FBN, Bartiromo discussed the firestorm with Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), who is Jewish and a supporter of Israel as a key U.S. ally.
Deutch said he would urge Congress to immediately pass a "very strong condemnation of anti-Semitism" and that the use of "dual loyalty tropes" from people like Omar is incredibly offensive to him as a Jewish man.
Bartiromo pressed Deutch on his stance as to whether Omar should be removed from the committee over the comments.
"If you've got a key member on your committee -- Congresswoman Omar -- who's obviously making anti-Semitic comments, wouldn't the best thing be just to ask her to step off the committee?" Bartiromo asked Deutch.
"The last time we dealt with this, the entire House leadership offered a strong condemnation," the Bethlehem, Pa. native replied, referring to Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).
House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy of California condemned King and stripped him of all committee assignments after he asked in an interview why the term "white supremacy" was offensive.
Bartiromo repeated her question on whether Deutch would call for Omar's removal from the committee.
Deutch said that after a strong resolution condemning anti-Semitism is passed, then the Congress can discuss foreign policy differences and other matters like that of Omar herself.
"If you're on the foreign affairs committee and you're trashing Israel, the first thing [you should do] is step off foreign affairs," Bartiromo said of Omar.
Deutch reiterated that the most important thing Congress can do is condemn "anti-Semitic tropes" like those alluded to by Omar, who suggested last week that supporters of Israel have an "allegiance to a foreign country" over the United States.
"I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country," Omar told activists in a Washington, D.C. cafe. "I want to ask why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the NRA, of fossil fuel industries, or big pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobbying movement that is influencing policy."
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she Thursday doesn't believe Omar "understood the full weight of her words" as a member of Congress.
"I feel confident that her words were not based on any anti-Semitic attitude, but that she didn't have a full appreciation of how they landed on other people, where these words have a history and a cultural impact that may have been unknown to her," said Pelosi.
The speaker said a resolution would be brought forward to condemn anti-Semitism without mentioning Omar by name. She said Omar may have to further "explain what she meant" with her recent comments.
Watch the full interview above.