Infamous Nation of Islam chief Louis Farrakhan defended Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for implying on Twitter final week that the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC compensated lawmakers in change for supporting the Jewish state.
In remarks on the NOI’s annual Saviours’ Day celebration Sunday at Chicago’s United Heart, Farrakhan condemned lawmakers who pressed Omar to apologize within the wake of her remarks.
“Sweetheart, do not try this,” Farrakhan stated, addressing Omar. “Pardon me for calling you sweetheart, however you do have a candy coronary heart. You positive are utilizing it to shake the federal government up, however you don’t have anything to apologize for.”
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Omar tweeted on Feb. 10 that congressional help of Israel was “all concerning the Benjamins, child,” a reference to a 1997 rap music by Puff Daddy. When Batya Ungar-Sargon, the opinion editor of The Ahead newspaper, requested Omar who she thought “is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel,” the congresswoman answered: “AIPAC!”
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The tweets have been met with backlash from members of each events. President Trump known as on Omar to “resign from Congress or … actually resign from the [House] international affairs committee.” The chairman of that committee, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., stated it was “surprising to listen to a Member of Congress invoke the anti-Semitic trope of ‘Jewish cash,'” whereas Home Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., known as the feedback “deeply disappointing and disturbing.”
On Sunday, Farrakhan insisted that “Israel and AIPAC pays off senators and congressmen to do their bidding, so [Omar is] not mendacity. So when you’re not mendacity, cease laying down. You have been despatched there by the individuals to shake up that corrupt Home. Shake it up!”
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Farrakhan has an extended historical past of anti-Semitic feedback. Final yr, he misplaced his verified standing on Twitter after posting a video by which he requested: “I ponder, will you see the Satanic Jew and the Synagogue of Devil, which has many races in it as a result of Devil has deceived the entire world?” Farrakhan has additionally stated that he’s not an anti-Semite, however somewhat “anti-termite,” and led a “Loss of life to Israel” chant throughout a go to to Iran in November.
Final month, Farrakhan posted a clip from a 2015 interview to Instagram by which he known as for a separate nation-state for black People, saying: “Most of our individuals don’t need it right here … God has one thing else for us.”
Fox Information’ Lukas Mikelionis and Liam Quinn contributed to this report.