Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, reportedly retweeted then deleted a Twitter post that accused her of anti-Semitism after she was called out from both sides of the aisle for tweeting that the USA relationship with Israel is "all about the Benjamins, baby".
Ilhan Omar retweeted a criticism of one of her own tweets Sunday night accusing her of sharing an anti-Semitic trope as bad as calling Jewish people "hook-nosed".
Journalist Batya Ungar-Sargon swiftly reacted, wondering who Omar thinks "is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel", and accused her of making an "anti-Semitic trope".
CNN's John Berman said that is the problem many people have with her tweets and can be seen as "veiled anti-semitism". "And I know exactly what the congresswoman meant".More news: Baby rescued from storm water drain
Rather than acknowledge the explanation that Congress tends to support Israel because Americans in general broadly support Israel - with almost two-thirds favoring Israel over the Palestinians - Omar doubled down throughout the evening against the "Israel lobby".
Instead of clearing the air about the previous antisemitic post, Omar continued with a response: "AIPAC!".
Soon after, Omar responded to Clinton, saying, "Chelsea - I would be happy to talk".More news: Open Beta Confirmed for The Division 2
Neither Omar's office in Minnesota nor in Washington immediately responded for comment to Newsweek when asked about the tweet, which appears to invoke an old anti-Semitic stereotype portraying Jews as rich, and using their wealth to orchestrate political affairs. "Implying that Americans support Israel because of money alone is offensive enough".
"We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism", Clinton tweeted. "She might as well call us hooked-nosed". "And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith".
In a statement quoted by Politico, AIPAC said: "We are proud that we are engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the U.S. -Israel relationship. I look forward to building an inclusive movement for justice with you".More news: Priyanka Gandhi's Lucknow roadshow: Here's reaction of BJP