On Friday, “The View” co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin came out in support over the removal of Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, pushing back against her co-hosts, who alleged “hypocrisy” and “racism.”
Omar was removed from the committee by the House of Representatives on Thursday, after facing scrutiny in 2019 for saying that Israel purchased American support and that American Jews “push for allegiance to a foreign country.”
Co-hosts Ana Navarro and Sunny Hostin accused Republicans of “hypocrisy” and “racism” for removing Omar, which prompted Griffin to show support for the decision to remove her.
Navarro began by comparing Omar to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who previously had accused several prominent American Jews of starting forest fires with solar energy beamed towards the earth.
Navarro then criticized Rep. George Santos (R-NY) who falsely claimed that his grandparents escaped Jewish persecution in Europe and recently recused himself from all committee assignments.
“If it’s not revenge, it’s certainly Republican hypocrisy,” Navarro said. “I’m not a fan of Ilhan Omar, I disagree with her vehemently on most of her foreign policy views. I think she’s dead wrong on Venezuela, on Cuba, on Israel, on many issues. And I say that because the fact that I disagree with her doesn’t mean that I think this is okay.”
“They are elevating and embracing Marjorie Taylor Greene,” she continued, calling it “the height of hypocrisy. It is hypocrisy that should make every American, whether you like Ilhan Omar or you don’t, whether you think she’s right or you think she’s wrong, it should make us all be disgusted by what’s happening.”
Co-host Joy Behar criticized Omar, who had previously said that she was not aware that her comments were antisemitic, prompting Hostin to defend Omar for her apology and followed up by accusing Republicans of racism.
“I don’t think this is hypocrisy, I think it’s pure racism,” Hostin said. “I think we should call that out when we see it, and we hear it, and we look at it. I don’t think it’s hypocrisy, because she was elected in 2018 and she has been the subject of racial targets since then. Donald Trump said during one of his rallies in 2019 that they should send her back, other members of the Republican caucus have targeted her. So this suggestion somehow that it is merely hypocrisy devalues what this really is, and that’s racism against Muslim Americans.”
Co-host Sara Haines said the removal is hypocrisy since Greene and Republican Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, the latter of whom posted an edited video of himself killing Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Joe Biden with swords, are on their committees.
“I don’t think she should be on the Foreign Affairs Committee,” Griffin responded. “This is a committee tasked with dealing with U.S.-Israeli relations. She has shown a lack of understanding of anti-Semitism at a time when it is on the rise in the U.S. and around the globe. She has equated Hamas, the U.S. State Department’s designated terrorist organization, with the U.S. and Israel, as well as the Taliban … she does not understand the policies she’s working on.”
“I think that’s devaluing her by saying she does not understand foreign policy,” Hostin responded. “I’m not trying to defend her, because I think she’s made a lot of mistakes, and I think they’ve been ignorant mistakes that she has apologized for. But criticizing, I don’t think we should ever confuse criticizing Israeli policy involving Palestinians, which is what she does often, as the same as anti-Semitism.”
Haines then commented that Omar has repeatedly made antisemitic remarks in spite of her apologies.
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