House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday that the Democratic Party did not rebuke Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) last week after she equated the United States and Israel with terrorist groups, saying that Omar was a “valued” member of the Democratic Party.
“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity,” Omar wrote on Twitter last week in a tweet that included her questioning Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”
CNN’s Dana Bash claimed that Omar “clarified” her remarks and said that she was not trying to equate the groups.
“You and other top House Democrats released a pretty rare statement rebuking her for appearing to ‘draw false equivalencies’ between the United States and Israel and terrorist organizations Hamas and Taliban,” Bash said. “She clarified. She said that she was in no way equating them.”
Pelosi responded by saying, “We did not rebuke her. We thanked, acknowledged that she made a clarification.”
“Congresswoman Omar is a valued member of our caucus,” Pelosi later added.