McCarthy pushes Rep. Omar out the door

Kevin McCarthy, speaker of the House of Representatives, and House Republicans have gotten rid of Rep. Ilhan Omar on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Still, Omar didn’t leave without a fight.

McCarthy and Republicans voted 218 to 211 to remove Omar from the committee, leading Democrats to accuse Republicans of racism.

House members voted along party lines as they ousted Democratic representative Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee while Democrats defended her. 

McCarthy said Rep. Omar had made antisemitic remarks, ignoring that Rep. Paul Goser (R. Arizona) had appeared before a White nationalist group. Still, McCarthy voted to remove Omar from the committee. 

The resolution removing Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, was based on a four-page 2019 paper that attributed to Omar a comment claiming that Jewish people were buying political influence in the U. S., saying ‘It ‘s all about the Benjamins, baby,’ which led many to believe the comment was antisemitic.

Omar pointed out recently that former President Donald Trump said Somalis and Muslims were infiltrating the country.

Omar was the first Somali American and the first naturalized citizen of African birth to be elected to the U.S. Congress. She is the first woman of color to represent Minnesota.

She is also one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress. The other is Rashida Tlaib who represents Michigan.