U.S. Rep. Max Rose, a Jewish New York Democrat, in his first congressional period, apologized for visibly frustrated constituents at a Staten Island town hall on Tuesday, not to "protect them" from fellow freshman Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar's repeated use of "anti-Semitic troops."
Rose's comments came as Minnesota Democrats are serious about the prospect of supporting an unprecedented primary challenge to the 37-year-old Omar by 2020 after two-party condemnation of her remarks according to officials and state representatives. Earlier this month, Parliament adopted a two-party resolution condemning hatred of all kinds following Omar's comments. But Democrats kept Omar's name out of the decision, which several Republicans opposed as a worn-out, half-hearted effort.
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"As a young congressman, I have to tell you, I'm sorry," Rose told an audience gathered by The Jewish Organizations Council (COJO), according to a video from the City Hall, published on Facebook by Jewish insider, who first reported the comments. "You sent me to Congress to take responsibility. You sent me to Congress to get your back … and I failed you. Because I know Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's comments really caused you all a lot of pain raising anti-Semitic troops . "
Omar, 37, a Somali-American and one of two Muslim women in Congress, posted on Twitter in 201
Omar re-flamed the flame later that month when she again suggested that groups supporting Israel pushed congressional members to "believe in a foreign country."
Rose, 32, an American army veteran of the war in Afghanistan and purple heart-receiver, refused to believe his Jewish faith hit his patriotism and called Omar's remarks "awful" – but he said she should not yet lose her seat Powerful Foreign Affairs Committee, a future move he called an unnecessary "escalation". The Republicans removed former Republican republics of Steve King, R-Iowa, their committee duties after he made remarks broadly in support of white nationalism, although King denied these charges.
"Surely as a Jewish war veteran, I could tell you that I have no double allegiance," Rose said, as a participant pressed him to answer the Democrats' response to Omar's comments. "I have fidelity to the flag. I have faith in the United States."
Rose continued: "We must show her that there is a way for her to do the right thing and we must pay attention to it. Believe me, she understands that [removing her from her committee assignments] is an option and no one takes it from the table, but we are not there yet. "
Add it" I am not satisfied with what I have seen so far, I "Not," said Rose, He said he accepted Omar's excuse anyway. President Trump and the top republicans have characterized Omar's excuse as half-hearted and incomplete, saying that her repeated anti-Israel commentary revealed her true feelings.
was horrified and sad when she said the comments, "said Rose." So horrified that as a freshman member of Congress, I advocated my party's leadership and I was the first member of the Democratic Party to criticize her. I said I accepted her apology Do you know why I did d one? Because I'm an adult. Because my goal was to continue the quiet and non-glamorous actions of the coalition building and to try to protect the people in this space from the comments made. "
" I was horrified and sad when she made the comments. " – US Rep. Max Rose, DN.Y.
Other Democrats have offered less than flattering defense for the Congressman House Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised eyebrows earlier this month when she said Omar" does not understand "that some of the words she uses are "full of meaning."
Activists and officials interviewed in Minnesota have recently said they have not yet recruited a viable alternative candidate to run against Omar, frustrations are becoming
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"There is definitely something going around it, but it's more of a buzz of," Does anyone talk about finding someone to run against her "than anyone says that they will run against her or consider it," rep. Ron Latz, a Democrat, told Hill, "There are absolutely people who want someone to run against her."
And Omar Jamal, a Somali community activist, told the Washington Post that he had contact with Jewish community leaders. about Omar. He said he supported his campaign, but called his latest comments, "Wrong Period".
"It is up to Ilhan Omar," he said. "She has really spoken in a very dangerous way and it will be up to her to reach out to people and rectify this."