Pelosi: Omar isn’t anti-Semitic, she didn’t understand the “full weight of the words” she used

She didn’t understand? Is she a child? This is a manifestation of the Left’s unconscious paternalism, its assumption that some groups simply cannot be held to the same standards to which others are held. The full retreat of Pelosi and the Democrat leadership, and failure to rebuke Omar, is part of the ongoing normalization and mainstreaming of Omar’s antisemitism.

Pelosi: Omar Isn’t Anti-Semitic, Didn’t Understand the ‘Full Weight of The Words,’” by David Rutz, Washington Free Beacon, March 7, 2019:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) defended embattled Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) over the latest anti-Semitism controversy, saying Thursday she didn’t think Omar understood the “full weight of the words” she used.

Omar accused Jewish colleagues and constituents last week of deeming her anti-Israel positions as anti-Semitic because she’s a Muslim, and she also invoked the dual loyalty canard when she questioned the “political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.”

Last month, Pelosi said Omar’s invocation of another anti-Semitic trope about money—Omar tweeted it was “all about the Benjamins” for pro-Israel politicians—was offensive and merited an apology.

She had a different tune on Thursday as she deals with a potential emerging schism in her new House majority.

“I don’t think that the congresswoman perhaps appreciated the full weight of how it was heard by other people, although I don’t believe it was intended in any anti-Semitic way,” Pelosi said. “But the fact is if that’s how it was interpreted, we have to remove all doubt, as we have done over and over again.”

Pelosi mentioned the proposed Democratic resolution that could be voted on Thursday condemning “all hate,” which caused an uproar in her caucus, with some supporters of Omar wondering why it was necessary and feeling she was still being unfairly singled out. Other Democrats like Rep. Ted Deutch (D., Fla.) said Omar needed to understand why her remarks were offensive….

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