From the Illinois Republican Party:
Illinois Democratic Congresswoman Lauren Underwood Refuses To Comment On Fellow Democrat’s Anti-Semitic Rhetoric
For the most part, Democratic members of Congress have decided to give a pass to Minnesota Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s well-known use of anti-Semitic rhetoric.
Omar recently accused Americans who support Israel of having a dual allegiance, putting the concerns of Israel above America’s. Omar has also said Jewish advocacy groups buy support with campaign contributions, and that Israel is “evil” and has “hypnotized” the word.
One of those Democratic members is Lauren Underwood, who represents Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.
Underwood has refused to say anything about Omar’s comments, let alone specifically condemn them.
In an interview with NPR, Underwood was asked four separate times if she has any comment on Omar’s anti-Semitic remarks. Each time, Underwood said,
“I don’t have a comment on that.”
Unlike Underwood, some Democrats and newspaper editorial boards were unequivocal in their criticism of Omar.
The Boston Herald Editorial Board wrote,
“It is remarkable that we find ourselves in a situation where the new faces of the Democrats in Congress speak freely in extremist terms and the rest of the party’s power structure is afraid to tamp it down in any real way. We must call on elected leaders to condemn hateful rhetoric rather than attempt to curry favor with a freshman congressman from the Bronx.”
Underwood’s refusal to say anything about Ilhan Omar’s blatant anti-Semitism is shameful, encourages further anti-Semitic rhetoric, and gives cover to extremists who oppose the State of Israel.
Underwood’s unwillingness to specifically condemn acts of anti-Semitism should greatly concern her constituents.
It’s clear that Underwood would rather cater to the young radicals in the Democratic Party than the people of the 14th District.