Without speaking, the congresswoman arched her eyebrows, as if to say, "What do you think you ?" as the doors closed
"The fact that he still has influence on policy and political appointments is an outrage," she wrote.
new reality for Washington: In a few months, Omar has displaced Nancy Pelosi as the Republican's favorite liberal boogeyman, a new face for the GOP can be found in an attempt to depict the entire Democratic party as extreme and out-of-touch. Post-Mueller, Democratic moderates seize the momentum from progressives ” data-src-mini=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190116133748-steny-hoyer-01032019-small-169.jpg” data-src-xsmall=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190116133748-steny-hoyer-01032019-medium-plus-169.jpg” data-src-small=”http://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190116133748-steny-hoyer-01032019-large-169.jpg” data-src-medium=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190116133748-steny-hoyer-01032019-exlarge-169.jpg” data-src-large=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190116133748-steny-hoyer-01032019-super-169.jpg” data-src-full16x9=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190116133748-steny-hoyer-01032019-full-169.jpg” data-src-mini1x1=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190116133748-steny-hoyer-01032019-small-11.jpg” data-demand-load=”not-loaded” data-eq-pts=”mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhEAAJAJEAAAAAAP///////wAAACH5BAEAAAIALAAAAAAQAAkAAAIKlI+py+0Po5yUFQA7″/>
The point, Omar seemed to be making, is that she perhaps lacked a clear understanding of the full history of anti-Semitic views in the US.
"Oftentimes when you are speaking you might not understand the historical context of the words that you might use and the child of pain it might incite for people," Omar told Colbert. "And so, in this process I am learning that everything is not simple as we think we might want to state it."
The GOP's Enemy No. 1
While Republicans have trained on other Democratic freshmen congressmen, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, they seem to have settled on Omar as their most potent weapon to use against Democrats.
The official Republican Party is focusing on Omar as well. On Monday, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee called Omar and Tlaib "bigots," and linked to the newly announced congressional candidate in Michigan.
"Ilhan Omar downplays terrorism AGAIN," read the RNC's email.
It's likely too early to determine whether the focus on Omar will benefit Republicans at the ballot box. Unlike Pelosi, who has been a nationally-known political figure for years, Omar is relatively new to the national scene. It's unclear what effect it will have on voters, whether she'll swing them away from Democrats or motivated Republican base voters.
A dilemma for Democrats
What the GOP scrutiny on Omar does accomplish, however, is putting her fellow Democrats in a bind. Moderate Democrats have been forced to respond to these comments and the results have been awkward. Democratic New York Rep. Tom Suozzi, an on-air interview Tuesday with CNN's Brianna Keilar, struggled to avoid addressing Omar's tweet about Miller before admitting that type of rhetoric "makes it more difficult" to reach solutions on immigration.
"We need to take The temperature down, "Suozzi pleaded.
Efforts at House leaders such as Pelosi to curb Omar's taste for the polemic have only worked to temporarily take a Twitter feed. A House resolution in March denouncing anti-Semitism spearheaded by pro-Israel Democrats received pushback from progressive allies or Omar. Why, they asked, were their colleague being singled out when Republicans like Iowa Rep. Steve King and even the president had said worse things about immigrants?
Michael Meehan, a Democratic strategist, called the scrutiny on Omar by Republicans "rubbish politics" and said he was skeptical it would hurt Democrats. "Clearly they're looking for another boogeyman," Meehan said of Republicans.
If Omar intends to stop speaking out, either to deny Republicans the ammunition or to acquiesce to Democratic leadership's wishes, she shows no signs of doing so. She is notorized as a political asset, burnishing her credentials as a fearless speaker of truth to power.
"It's been interesting to see such a powerful conference of people be so fearful of a freshman member of Congress, "Omar told CNN on March 26." I hope that they will not allow me to have a permanent residency in their heads. "
CNN's Sunlen Serfaty contributed to this report.