CNN's Jake Tapper on Rep. Ilhan Omar: What About Trump's Anti-Semitic Comments?


CNN: Jake Tapper tackles the Trump administration's hypocrisy on anti-Semitism after calling on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to resign after "anti-Semitic" comment about Israel.

JAKE TAPPER, CNN HOST: There's been a lot in the news about bigotry recently. Minnesota Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar this week was accused by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats of spreading "anti- Semitic tropes." Omar has apologized but our own Manu Raju found her quite unwilling to discuss the controversy when he asked her about it today.


REP. ILHAN OMAR (D), MINNESOTA: Are you serious? What's wrong with you?

MANU RAJU, CNN CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes. Well, I'm asking you a question about your tweet. You had a tweet saying (INAUDIBLE)

OMAR: Yes, I tweeted. There's a response. You can run that. Have a nice day.


TAPPER: Omar's apology that she referred to there was not good enough for President Trump.

DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress. What she said is so deep-seated in her heart that her lame apology -- that's what it was. It was lame and she didn't mean a word of it, was just not appropriate. I think she should resign from Congress, frankly. But at a minimum, she shouldn't be on committees. (END VIDEO CLIP)

TAPPER: And Amen came from Vice President Pence who tweeted "to those who engage in anti-Semitic tropes should not just be denounced, they should face consequences for their words." Congresswoman Omar specifically suggested that financial donations from American Jews are what fuels support for Israel. She tweeted "it's all about the Benjamins baby."

And when asked to whom she was referring, she tweeted AIPAC, the pro- Israel lobbying organization. Because there is nothing that this White House finds more offensive than a politician feeding into stereotypes about Jews and Jewish money and controlling politicians which is what Congresswoman Omar is accused of having done.


TRUMP: Is there anybody that doesn't renegotiate deals in this room? This room negotiates up. I want to renegotiate -- this room, perhaps more than any room I have spoken to. Maybe more. It's OK. You know, I've been called in that a couple of times too. You're not going to support me even though you know I'm the best thing that could ever happen to Israel and I'll be that.

And I know why you're not going to support me. And you know, you're not going to support me because I don't want your money.

You don't want to give me money, OK, but that's OK. You want to control your own politician, that's fine.


TAPPER: I'm sorry. That was the wrong clip. That was then-candidate Trump in front of the Republican Jewish Coalition suggesting that haggling Jews like to control politicians with their money. We wanted the clip of Congresswoman Omar. Control room, I want the Omar clip.

There -- wait, that's not it either. That's a deleted Donald Trump retweet from 2016 as conservative Eric Ericson tweeted at the time "A star of David, a pile of cash, and suggestions of corruption. Donald Trump again placed to the "white supremacist."

Control room, I'm not looking for stuff about Trump. I'm looking for the Congresswoman Omar clip. Do you have it? OK, I'm being told we have it. Thank you. Run it, please.


TRUMP: Excuse me. Excuse me. And you have some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides.


TAPPER: No, Control Room, that was President Trump saying that very fine people were marching alongside neo-Nazis, and skinheads, and white supremacist. People who had chanted Jews will not -- yes, those people, the anti-Semites in Charlottesville.

My sincerest apologies. Can we please forget about President Trump for a second? Can we show the Omar tweet? Please, the Omar tweet. Can you show it, please?

That's not -- this isn't it either. Unbelievable. This is a tweet by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy right before the Midterm saying "we cannot allow Soros, Steyer, and Bloomberg to buy -- in all caps -- this election." Of course, that's such an allegation by the House Republican Leader, the wealthy liberals, all of whom happen to be Jewish descent, who were trying to buy the election.

Guys, I'm not talking about that either. OK, I'm sorry. We're going to take a quick break. We seem to have some issues here sorting out which anti-Semitic tropes are offensive and which ones are not. We'll be right back as we sort this out.

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