Trump calls Rep. Omar apology about Israel remark 'lame'

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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 13, 2019 10:54 a.m.

    @Joe Hilll
    RE: "@bits Blatantly Racist by definition? Please do enlighten us what part of her statement was “blatantly racist”...
    ---
    Actually, I didn't say "Blatantly" racist. I said "Racist" (by the definition).

    Definition:
    "Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior"...

    It's actually very subtle racism, but still racism.

    Her tweets were deemed anti-Semitic, by her own party leaders.

    It showed Prejudice towards Jews and anybody who supports them in Congress (which is racism, by the definition).

    If she said, "African American members of Congress are simply motivated by funding from the African American groups"... That would also be "racism". Or same comment about Hispanics, Asians, etc, it's racism.

    Again, I didn't say it was "Blatant". It's actually quite subtle, but it is still racist (by the definition of "racism").

    ===

    Joe Leaphorn
    RE: "I suggest you get your own Republican house in order before going out on a rant over two tweets"...
    ---
    No rant. Just calling it what it is. Racism. If that bugs you... not my problem.

    I do call out Rs for racial bias too.

  • Joe Leaphorn Scottsdale, AZ
    Feb. 12, 2019 9:35 p.m.

    2 bits - Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 12, 2019 12:51 p.m.

    "She's going to need to learn to leave that prejudice thought pattern at home when she comes to work. At work she represents all her constituents (some are Jews)"

    I suggest you get your own Republican house in order before going out on a rant over two tweets. There is a difference between the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Criticizing Israel over policy is not anti-Semitic. Nor is it racist. If you've ever read Breitbart or listened to InfoWars you will find anti-Semitism deeply embeded. And if you follow any wingnut fringe groups you will find a large number of anti-Semites including the guy who shot up the Jewish temple and killed several Jewish worshipers.

    Ilhan Omar's issue is with her constituents and the Jewish community in Minnesota. She does not have to answer to a group of Christian judges who have their own issues with anti-Semitism. As for Republicans in Congress, they have enough to contend themselves with before casting stones in glass houses. Her transgression pales in comparison with both Steve King and Donald Trump.

  • Joe Hilll Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2019 4:35 p.m.

    @bits
    Blatantly Racist by definition? Please do enlighten us what part of her statement was “blatantly racist”

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    Feb. 12, 2019 4:05 p.m.

    Trump calls apology "Lame."

    I think what Trump meant was to apologize is "lame" since he's never apologized for anything.

    Her comment wasn't racist unless Israel is a race? Hint, it isn't.

    But Trumps "Pocahontas" remarks took an evil turn lately: "see you on the "TRAIL" comment was just fine for his sycophants, and his son who added to the insult of "TEARS" with "SAVAGE."

    Absolutely no respect for anybody, he and his family have no ground to stand upon, when it come to not so sneaky racist remarks.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 12, 2019 3:45 p.m.

    Her comment was racist (by definition). It should probably be treated like any other racist comment or action (like posting a picture in college). I don't know what the punishment for that is, but... this is the same thing.

    It doesn't have to be black-face to be racist. There's lots of racism out there, not just involving African Americans. You can also be racist towards people of Jewish descent. Or Asian descent. Or whatever. It's still racist.

    It doesn't have to be about skin color to be racist.

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    Feb. 12, 2019 1:23 p.m.

    If only Rep. Omar stuck with the GOP-sanctioned code-words like "George Soros" and "globalist" at least 1/3 of the country would know who she was referring to...

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 12, 2019 12:51 p.m.

    RE: "Congresswoman Omar's use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations"...
    ---
    She only apologized for SAYING it. Nor for THINKING it.

    She had to think it, or she wouldn't have said it. Then she only apologized for saying it, not for thinking it to begin with.

    She still thinks it. She just won't say it anymore.

    This isn't the first time she's said stuff like this. So I'm pretty sure she thinks it. And that's the problem. And why I would support her resigning. But I wouldn't force her to resign. It's up to her.

    If she wants to work in a body that she thinks of that way, and represent a country and people that she sees that way... then she can do it. But I wouldn't vote for somebody who saw Americans and Congress that way.

    And no... I didn't vote for Trump. So...

    Lots of Americans are Jewish. The culture she was raised in doesn't like them. But I don't want her bringing that battle to America. I don't want her dividing Americans along these lines the way they are in the middle-east.

    She's going to need to learn to leave that prejudice thought pattern at home when she comes to work. At work she represents all her constituents (some are Jews)

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Feb. 12, 2019 12:12 p.m.

    Amazing how upset conservatives are when Trump is ten times worse.

    LOL, you cannot make this stuff up!

  • Joe Hilll Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 12, 2019 11:21 a.m.

    I a,m not sure Trump wants to pull to hard on that string of reasoning. If we are going to start demanding that politicians resign when they make offensive comments Trump would have to be the first in a long line of resignations. Its sad to me that Trump and Thid seem to see admiring mistakes and apologizing as a sign of weakness instead of a sign of integrity and basic human decency.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Feb. 12, 2019 10:03 a.m.

    Omar's apology tour? Where did she learn that?

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 12, 2019 8:57 a.m.

    Frozen
    So making money from legitimate business interests is wrong? Are we all supposed to be dependent on the largess of the federal government for subsitance?

    RJ in WJ
    What frustration? I think it’s funny watching these neophytes implode.

    Hate to break it to you, but he’s your illustrious leader, too!

    Tolstoy
    Thank you for the clarification.

    Glad we could find something concerning which we can agree.

    If it is ever to happen, it will take dramatic change from both sides, and would likely take generations. Israel has the wounded badger mentality, ready to strike at the slightest provocation, and Hamas seems to justify its existence by giving Israel that provocation. Not to mention the Iranian factor. Rancor dating back to Jacob and Esau or Isaac and Ishmael seems ingrained in their very DNA. Sad.

  • Mad Hatter Santa Fe, NM
    Feb. 12, 2019 2:25 a.m.

    Thid Barker - Victor, ID
    Feb. 11, 2019 2:44 p.m.

    "Personally, I don't care what Omar thinks of Israel, but try to imagine the howling and hyperventilation from the left if she were a Republican!"

    It is a litmus test for Republicans to refrain from criticizing Israel. That nation is sacrosanct and anyone who casts a negative word against what that nation does do its Arab citizens or neighbors is toast in the Party. Even attempts to rein in some of the most egregious practices like Jewish settlements to appropriate land or destroying the homes of suspected terrorists is off limits. And retaliation in force for almost anything, including simple civil protest, is not to be criticized.

    However, when you come back to this country, the anti-Semitic rhetoric that comes from Republicans can equal the most hateful speech one hears from the white supremacist fringe of the Alt-Right that has risen to prominence under Donald Trump. Look at attacks on Jewish synagogues and community centers by extremist hate groups and the Charlottesville demonstration by white supremacists and neo-Nazi's that Trump said " . . . some are very good people".

    At least Ilhan Omar recognized her mistake.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 12, 2019 1:22 a.m.

    Whatever

    She still believes what she believes

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Feb. 11, 2019 9:39 p.m.

    @lost in DC -
    The end of my last post really did go a little sideways, sorry about that, but basically I agree. Israel will have to be willing to peacefully abide by its agreements and others in the region will have to fully recognize Israel’s right to not only exist but to do so free from acts and threats of violence from others in the region. Sadly right now no one In leadership roles in the region (Israel included) seem interested in the safety and well-being of the people they claim to represent.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Feb. 11, 2019 4:35 p.m.

    @Frozen.
    I suppose you could be right that it’s all about the money with Trump and he would be living under an underpass if he weren’t president. I find it just a little hard to believe. He was a multi-billionaire before he even thought about running for President.

    But you believe what you believe. I can’t change that. But thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Oh, please! Saint George, UT
    Feb. 11, 2019 4:24 p.m.

    Let's see...The Governor of Virginia may be facing impeachment for something he apparently did decades ago as a young adult.

    This woman, living in today's culture and media firestorms (surely knowing that her comments would be offensive), gets off with an apology.

    Wow! Must be nice to be a liberal, Democrat, non-Christian woman.

  • RC in WJ WEST JORDAN, UT
    Feb. 11, 2019 4:23 p.m.

    Re" Lost in DC

    "Telling that no dem presidential hopefuls had a comment on it."

    We understand your frustration, as we watch the entire Republican Congress with taped mouths, listening to just as bad if not worse that emanates from your illustrious leader during his excruciating executive time outs.

    Pot calling kettle black!

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 11, 2019 4:07 p.m.

    @Vermonter
    Oh Trump rakes in plenty enough money with Trump Tower, his hotels, his resorts... his inaugural fund that raised way more than Obama's even though it was much smaller... that all is even worse than the average politician. At least PAC donations have to be spent on a campaign.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 11, 2019 3:56 p.m.

    She’s apologized, but how do we know she doesn’t still believe it?

    Said she didn’t mean to offend anyone. Is she so thick that she didn’t realize her comments would offend?

    Any question she would not have apologized had nancy not scolded her?

    Telling that no dem presidential hopefuls had a comment on it.

    Her support for a boycott of Israel speaks volumes about how she feels, regardless of any forced and insincere apologies.

    Tolstoy
    You are correct, (I think – some of your later sentences did not make sense, I tried from the context to guess your intent) it will be difficult without accepting Israel is not without its faults, but it will be impossible without the recognition of all involved parties of Israel’s right to exist.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Feb. 11, 2019 3:37 p.m.

    Just a little point here.

    Trump doesn’t take PAC money. So if he takes a position on anything, including Israel, it’s not for money.

    For all Trump’s faults, he is at least a different politician that way.

    And, it begs the question, where does Rep. Omar get her campaign funding? But it would require the practice of journalism to find out. No accusation here. Just curiosity.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Feb. 11, 2019 2:44 p.m.

    Personally, I don't care what Omar thinks of Israel, but try to imagine the howling and hyperventilation from the left if she were a Republican!

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    Feb. 11, 2019 2:34 p.m.

    "One way the organization has made a mark on Congress is through expense-paid travel junkets to Israel, which are paid for by an affiliated nonprofit that does not have to disclose its donors. The popular weeklong excursions for members of Congress, their families and some senior staff can cost upward of $12,000 per person"

    How is that not bribing Congress members?

    "which are paid for by an affiliated nonprofit that does not have to disclose its donors."
    More secret money being given for votes.

    Nancy is wrong, and Tostoy is correct, Israel does not represent Judaism, and dislike of Israel is not automatically anti semitism anymore than dislike of America is anti-christian.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Feb. 11, 2019 1:23 p.m.

    I don’t know if her accusations are accurate as far as payments and maybe she does need to appogize if that is not true, however Pelosi is also making false accusations claiming that any criticism of Israel’s leadership is anti Semitic. There are many Jewish people both within Israel and here I the US that oppose the isreally governments actions when it comes to Palistinians and others in the region. I am ant Israelites to be able to live in safety and security but it is going to be doing free cult to ever find peace and security for Israel until we can accept that Israel is not completely without faults.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    Feb. 11, 2019 1:26 p.m.

    I don’t know if her accusations are accurate as far as payments and maybe she does need to appogize if that is not true, however Pelosi is also making false accusations claiming that any criticism of Israel’s leadership is anti Semitic. There are many Jewish people both within Israel and here I the US that oppose the isreally governments actions when it comes to Palistinians and others in the region. I am ant Israelites to be able to live in safety and security but it is going to be doing free cult to ever find peace and security for Israel until we can accept that Israel is not completely without faults.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Feb. 11, 2019 1:08 p.m.

    The new face of the Democratic Party, how sad and pathetic!