Bernie Sanders Called Ilhan Omar To Offer Support

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 10: U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (R) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) share a moment during a news conference on prescription drugs January 10, 2019 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Cong... WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 10: U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (R) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) share a moment during a news conference on prescription drugs January 10, 2019 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Congressional Democrats held a news conference to introduce a legislative package "that would drastically reduce prescription drug prices in the United States." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) reportedly called Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Tuesday night to offer his support after she apologized for a tweet some saw as anti-Semitic.

“I talked to Ilhan last night to give her my personal support,” Sanders said Wednesday during a conference call, as quoted by Jewish Insider.

Sanders added, “We will stand by our Muslim brothers and sisters.”

The call was reportedly hosted by James Zogby, founder of the Arab American Institute and formerly a longtime member of the Democratic National Committee’s executive committee.

The Daily Beast on Thursday confirmed that the call took place with Omar’s office.

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  1. A number of Jewish reps have been quoted in recent days criticizing her. So why not report about a Jewish senator who has given her support.

  2. Does Bernie still admit that he’s Jewish?

    (I think that she showed an insensitivity to the complexity of the issue on which she spoke. But I also think people jumped all over her–this is the kind of thing where someone should have spoken to her in private, as I suggested out here at the time. And I admire her open and full-throated apology.)

    Still, seems to me to be a nothing story.

  3. Yes, he considers himself Jewish, it’s not just the part of his identity which he organizes his life around. This should be a nothing burger, if the minority leader hadn’t called on her to be kicked off the forieign affairs committee and she hadn’t been roundly criticized by democrats.

  4. Avatar for tacoma tacoma says:

    the old goat is trying to grab onto another woman’s coat tails…be careful; ILLHAN…he isn’t your friend…

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