President Trump sounded off on the remarks made by Ilhan Omar and felt strongly about Omar’s apology by making anti-Semitic rhetoric. “I think she should be ashamed of herself,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One on his way to El Paso, Texas, for a rally. I think it was a terrible statement, and I don’t think her apology was adequate,” President Trump said.
When the media question The President on what a better apology would’ve looked like, President Trump commented that “she knows what to say.”
Omar issued a statement
“Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes,” Omar said in her apology.
“My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.”
The Democrat leadership issued a statement:
“Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception,” We are and will always be strong supporters of Israel in Congress because we understand that our support is based on shared values and strategic interests. Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share. But Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.”