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On Feb. 11, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, attracted criticism from President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the entire Democratic leadership for comments that were labeled as anti-Semitism.

Rep. Omar followed up with an apology shortly after the backlash rolled in, but she was still condemned and placed on a higher standard than other, more esteemed officials, like the president of the United States. 

Rep. Omar said that she thinks the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an influential lobbying group, is paying American politicians to take pro-Israel stances.

Her comments were quickly denounced by her peers stating concerns of falling back onto anti-Semitic stereotypes about wealthy Jews manipulating governments; her comments were also condemned by advocacy groups like the Anti-Defamation League, an antisemitism watchdog.

Rep. Omar said via Twitter, “Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.”

Despite Omar holding herself accountable, Vice President Mike Pence said she should be removed from Congress. 

Rep. Omar, one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress, is clearly held under higher scrutiny than non-Muslim politicians. 

President Donald Trump called her apology “lame” and that she should be “ashamed of herself,” asking her to be removed immediately. 

It is hypocritical for President Trump to condemn Rep. Omar when he does not hold himself accountable for his sexist, racist, and, most notably, antisemitic comments and actions throughout his political career.

Instead of attacking someone who is learning from her mistakes and choosing to apologize when she is at fault, we should vow to hold President Trump accountable for the racist verbiage that spews out of his mouth and shows little remorse for his actions. 

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