House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who recently won the GOP nomination for Speaker of the House, has vowed to remove radical leftist Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from her committee assignment due to her “repeated antisemitic and anti-American remarks.”
McCarthy — who is expected to become House Speaker when Republicans take control of the chamber if he is able to gain the 218 votes necessary before the official leadership election takes place in January — made the promise to remove Omar from her position on the Foreign Affairs Committee during a Saturday speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s 2022 leadership meeting.
“We watch antisemitism grow, not just on our campuses, but we watched it grow In the halls of Congress,” the California congressman said.
“I remember what she said about me,” McCarthy added. “I remember what she said about Israel. I remember what she said about the [U.S.-Israel] relationship. I remembered it so much.”
“I promised you last year, that as a speaker, she will no longer be on Foreign Affairs, and I’m keeping that promise,” he continued as the crowd cheered.
McCarthy later doubled down on his promise, sending out a tweet about the issue.
“Last year, I promised that when I became Speaker, I would remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee based on her repeated antisemitic and anti-American remarks. I’m keeping that promise,” he wrote.
Last year, I promised that when I became Speaker, I would remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee based on her repeated anti-semitic and anti-American remarks.
I'm keeping that promise. pic.twitter.com/04blBx3neD
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) November 19, 2022
However, Twitter later added a note to McCarthy’s tweet with the heading “Readers added context they thought people might want to know.”
The “context” added to the Republican congressman’s tweet disputed his ability to remove Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee.
“The speaker does not have the power to remove a member from a standing committee. Foreign Affairs is a standing committee,” the note declared. “Each party has their own rules and procedures for assigning committee roles. Only a majority vote by the entire house could remove Rep. Omar.”
When he first brought up the idea of removing Omar from the committee back in January — and also discussed removing Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) from the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence — McCarthy pointed out how Democrats had “created” a “new standard” for committee assignments.
“The Democrats have created a new thing where they’re picking and choosing who can be on committees,” the California Republican said. “Never in the history [of Congress] have you had the majority tell the minority who can be on the committee. But this new standard which these Democrats have voted for — if Eric Swalwell cannot get a security clearance in the private sector, there is no reason why he should be given one to be on Intel or Homeland Security. He will not be serving there.”
Omar has been called out for being antisemitic on numerous occasions.
In March 2018, she claimed that McCarthy’s support for Israel was “all about the Benjamins.”
Omar also accused members of Congress who are pro-Israel of having dual loyalty.
In 2012, the Democrat congresswoman claimed that Israel had “hypnotized the world.”
Appearing on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” McCarthy once again vowed to keep his promise of removing not only Omar, but Schiff and Swalwell, from their committee assignments.
Kevin McCarthy says he will keep his promise to remove Ilhan Omar, Adam Schiff, and Eric Swalwell from House committees pic.twitter.com/Kp8EPP9tCU
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) November 20, 2022