The latest dust-up among House Democrats is simply a continuation of identity politics finally running amuck by those who’ve crafted race, gender, and political orthodoxy into a lethal political weapon.
This time the hammer of “identity politics” is falling on their creators within the Democratic Party, especially within the House as both moderate and seasoned legislators battle their much younger and more radical counterparts.
Take Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who has labeled American senators and congressman political pawns of Israel.
Since 2012 Omar has vilified the Jewish State in her support of Palestine, saying this of America’s only true democracy in the Middle East:
“Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
In another tweet, the Muslim legislator from Minnesota (which has become a haven for extremists) posted “It’s all about the Benjamin’s baby.” That reference implies that American politicians were being bribed to support Israel.
When Journalist Batya Ungar-Sargon, wrote in response to Omar’s tweet, “Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.”
Omar fired back, “AIPAC!”
For those not familiar with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, they’re perhaps the most influential lobby organization in America in support of the Israeli government.
The Muslim firecracker also referenced a “dual loyalty” slur aimed at legislators who openly support Israel, once again implying something sinister.
The trash talk by Omar finally became too much for the leadership within the House and a Resolution was crafted condemning anti-Semitism, indirectly rebuking Omar’s continued hateful remarks towards the State of Israel, and that’s when “all hell broke loose” and the fireworks began.
According to the Washington Post, once the Resolution was drafted House Democrats began taking sides, shouts behind-closed-doors could be heard, with members of the Black Congressional Caucus deflecting refusing to condemn one of their own, while Jewish legislators rallied in support of the Resolution. However, the more radical wing of the party, namely AOC came to Omar’s defense on Twitter.
Frustrated and apparently losing control Speaker Pelosi dropped the mic saying “Well if you’re not going to listen to me, I’m done talking.” She then walked out of the room.
The obvious split within the Democratic Party over how they should respond to one of their own making anti-Sematic remarks illustrates a much wider issue within the Democratic Party concerning identity politics, which has always been an effective political tool of the left — simply branding your opponent either a racist or a sexist usually proved successful in deflecting from whatever issue was being debated at the time.
However delaying a vote rebuking anti-Semitism demonstrates just how fractured the party has become, that it requires it to be second-guessed or watered-down for the benefit of the extremists within the party.
Moreover the stunning and complete about-face by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arguing on Wednesday that Omar’s statement concerning her pro-Israel colleagues having a dual loyalty to Israel and the U.S. were not “intentionally anti-Semitic.”
Representative Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D-N.J.) attempted to put her best political spin during her interview with the Washington Post saying, “We’ve individually and collectively already responded to the fact that we oppose all ‘-isms’ that do not treat people in this country fairly and justly.”
Adding, “To continue to engage in this discussion is simply an opportunity to give both the media and Republicans distractions from our agenda. We’ve got important work to do.”