Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) showed he has a massive double standard in how he judges the behavior of those on the political Right vs. the political Left when he defended Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Monday night during a Fox News town hall, claiming that her criticisms of Israel’s government are not anti-Semitic.
“It’s not anti-Semitic to be critical of a right-wing government in Israel,” Sanders said.
Sanders’ defense of Omar came after he rushed to Omar’s defense over the weekend as she was receiving national criticism for trivializing the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
President Donald Trump tweeted a video of Omar describing the 9/11 terrorist attacks as “some people did something,” which drew criticism from the far-left, who claimed that Trump was putting Omar’s life in danger by quoting her exact words.
Sanders defended Omar’s remarks by attacking Trump in a tweet, writing: “Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She won’t back down to Trump’s racism and hate, and neither will we. The disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must end.”
Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She won't back down to Trump's racism and hate, and neither will we. The disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must end.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 13, 2019
So, in Sanders’ mind, criticizing Omar for the exact words that she said qualifies as “racism,” “hate,” “disgusting,” and “dangerous,” while Omar’s anti-Semitic remarks do not qualify as anti-Semitic.
Sanders claim that Omar was just being “critical of a right-wing government in Israel” is a lie.
Omar repeatedly promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and tropes; has refused to deny that she is an anti-Semite; accused pro-Israel groups of paying off American politicians to have dual loyalties to Israel; accused her Jewish colleagues of plotting to take her down by accusing her of anti-Semitism; suggested Israel does not have the right to exist as a Jewish state; and admitted to supporting anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel.
Bernie defends Ilhan Omar: “It’s not anti-Semitic to to be critical of a right-wing government in Israel”
1. Omar was promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories/tropes
2. Sanders said criticisms of Omar over her exact words were “racism,” “hate,” “disgusting,” and “dangerous” pic.twitter.com/YJiNAIv8Yw
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 16, 2019