Meghan McCain raised some eyebrows on social media when she became emotional on ABC’s “The View” on Thursday while discussing comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar, a freshman Minnesota Democrat, that have been characterized as anti-Semitic.
“With the rise of anti-Semitism in this country, is it more important to defend party politics, or is it more important to defend anti-Semitism?” McCain asked. “We can have conversations all day long about how you feel about Palestinian politics, Israeli politics, how you feel about (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu. … I just present this question, which may be an uncomfortable one: If what Ilhan Omar has been saying for the past few weeks were said by a white Republican male, how would you be reacting to it right now?”
McCain said that she doesn’t need Jewish blood relatives to feel strongly about anti-Semitism.
“It is very dangerous, very dangerous and I think we collectively as Americans on both sides, what Ilhan Omar is saying is very scary to me,” she said. “It’s very scary to a lot of people and I don’t think you have to be Jewish to recognize that.”
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Critics chimed in on social about her performance.
The House approved a resolution on Thursday condemning hate speech, in an indirect condemnation of Omar, Politico reported.
Democrats fought each other about exactly what the resolution would say. It started off as a four-page document that condemned anti-Semitism on Monday and expanded by Thursday to include a blanket statement against all forms of bigotry.
McCain had a different response in January after GOP Iowa Rep. Steve King defended white supremacy in a New York Times interview.
“I think this is the problem with identity politics in the country. When you broad-stroke everyone,” the 34-year-old rambled. “All Black people think one thing. All Hispanics think one thing. All Republicans think one thing. That’s how we got ourselves into this mess.” She then added, “Please don’t paint me, just because I’m for border security, that I somehow am racist in some way or another — ’cause I don’t think that’s fair!”
King was discovered recently promoting white nationalism on Twitter—just the latest incident in a long history of defending white supremacy. He quote-tweeted Canadian white nationalist Faith Goldy on March 1, the Huffington Post reported.
Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, first found herself in the middle of a firestorm over anti-Semitism on Feb. 12. She sparked outrage for her comment to a tweet about how she and Michigan’s Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib—the other Muslim woman member of Congress—could face consequences for criticizing Israel.
She tweeted: “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” a hip-hop reference to $100 bills. When asked whom she thought was paying lawmakers, she replied: “AIPAC!” a pro-Israel lobby group.