Nancy Pelosi Endorses Ilhan Omar as Dem Faces Being Unseated By Challenger
Melton-Meaux outraised Omar by a massive $3.2 million
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has endorsed Rep. Ilhan Omar ahead of the primary election as the progressive freshman Democrat faces being unseated due to falling behind financially by millions of dollars.
Pelosi said in a statement:
“Ilhan is a valued and important Member of our Caucus."
“In her first term, Ilhan has already established herself as a leader on a host of issues — from child nutrition to housing to U.S.-Africa relations.”
Minnesota attorney Antone Melton-Meaux is challenging Omar in a race that Pro-Israel America and NORPAC have been closely watching.
The pro-Israel political action committees put their money where their mouth is by plowing hundreds of thousands of dollars to unseating 'anti-Israel' Omar, ahead of the primary in August.
Melton-Meaux outraised Omar by a massive $3.2 million to under $500,000 between April and June this year.
According to the Minnesota Star Tribune, Melton-Meaux’s campaign still has $2 million cash on hand, while Omar has just $1.1 million.
Omar has frequently criticized Israel and has made anti-Semitic remarks which ignited backlash across the board.
In July last year, Omar proposed a resolution supporting the right to boycott Israel while comparing the Jewish state to boycotts of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
The Democrat's resolution aimed to push back against U.S. laws banning the boycott of Israel while supporting the right of Americans to organize boycotts of foreign countries.
In February 2019, Pelosi and other Democratic leaders called on Omar to apologize for a tweet that said:
“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” suggesting that Israel or pro-Israel groups had paid off House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
“Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive,” Pelosi said in a statement at the time.
Omar's support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which calls for the US to cut all aid off from Israel, caught the attention of pro-Israel and conservative groups.
Melton-Meaux says on his campaign website:
“It cannot be overstated how critical our Israeli partners are in pushing back against Iranian aggression, as well as setting the example of a vibrant democracy for its neighbors."
"This is why we should continue to support our mutual goals for the stability of the region and its people."
“Movements such as Boycott, Divest, and Sanction Israel (BDS) only serve to further the conflict, elevate the violence, and harm those they seek to help. That is why I will always oppose BDS."
Last week, Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn blasted Omar over her recent calls to tear down America's political and economic systems.
During a speech at the "anti-racism" event, Omar told the crown:
"We are fighting to tear down the economy and political systems," adding that "as long as our economy and political systems prioritize profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shut out, we will perpetuate this inequality."