Rep. Ilhan Omar Faces Potential Censure Over ‘Pro-Genocide’ Comments

Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) told Axios he intended to bring forward a resolution to censure Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after she recently replied to a reporter’s question, saying, “We should not have to tolerate antisemitism or bigotry for all Jewish students whether they are pro-genocide or anti-genocide.”

Omar made the comments while visiting Columbia last week to show support for a pro-Palestinian encampment at the school where some students now face expulsion.

She was asked about allegations that the protest has created circumstances for antisemitic incidents and responded by saying she met Jewish students in the encampment and that it’s unfortunate people don’t care about keeping all Jewish kids safe.

Bacon called Omar’s remarks about “pro-genocide Jewish students” wrong and said, “Folks can protest Israel but don’t blame Jewish-American students for Israel. That is by definition anti-Semitism.”

An Omar spokesperson told Axios the congresswoman “clearly condemned antisemitism and bigotry for all Jewish students” and that attempts to misconstrue her words are meant to distract from the ongoing violence and genocide in Gaza.

Some Democrats like Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) dismissed the censure effort as outrageous while others like Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) said arguing Israel is committing genocide is a falsehood but added there have been too many censure resolutions in Congress.