Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) took a cheap shot a Politico on Saturday in what appeared to be a transparent effort to find cover for the anti-Semitic remarks of her “sister” freshman, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
She pointed at a story from Politico about Bernie Sanders in which Sanders was pointed out as being “cheap” but “not poor,” the gist of which was that Sanders, while a socialist was a millionaire with three homes. It didn’t mention his religion nor did it employ the anti-Semitic tropes that Ilhan Omar has used in the past.
Ocasio-Cortez claimed it was “anti-Semitic.”
She then asked why people were willing to explain this away, while not do the same for Ilhan Omar’s remarks.
Omar’s remarks are NOT taken out of context, they are very in context.
Politico, of course, didn’t mention Jews or Israel – didn’t even mention Sanders’ religion, didn’t say it was “all about the Benjamins” and didn’t accuse people of “dual loyalty.”
But even assuming Politico’s tweets or story were tinged with anti-Semitism, it wouldn’t excuse Omar.
Bottom line, when it concerns her leftist buddies, she’s going to provide cover.
And when you’re covering for your friend’s anti-Semitic remarks, maybe you don’t have a lot of credibility in trying to call out anyone else?
In Ocasio-Cortez’s town of NYC, the police have made it very clear that anti-Semitic attacks over the past couple of years are not coming from the right but are almost entirely from folks who would be considered on the left of the spectrum.
And don’t blame people on the right when you can’t clean up your own House.