After Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for the presidency in the 2020 election this week, the Muslim congresswoman told a campaign rally on Sunday in her state that she was “honored to stand with the son of a Jewish refugee who survived genocide.”
Introducing the senator at the gathering, which reportedly drew just over 10,000 people, Omar added that “the acknowledgment of pain and suffering is personal for both of us.”
She proclaimed: “I am excited for President Bernie Sanders.”
“People say that Ilhan and I make an odd political couple. But in fact, there is really nothing odd about it at all,” said Sanders.
“Ilhan and I share a common link as the descendants of families who fled violence and poverty, and who came to this country as immigrants,” the presidential hopeful added.
The support of the anti-Israel pro-BDS Omar for the Sanders campaign comes amid the senator’s repeated criticism of the “racist” Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his assertion that leveling such criticism is not anti-Semitic, noting that he himself is Jewish and spent time on a kibbutz.
His cooperation with Omar now is in stark contrast with comments he made in April seemingly distancing himself from her as the Minnesota congresswoman was being criticized for her usage of anti-Semitic tropes in her criticism of Israel and the AIPAC lobby group in Washington.
“I’ve talked to Ilhan about twice in my life,” he told a Fox News-hosted town hall meeting back then, as he also maintained that Omar is not an anti-Semite, just someone who needs to do a “better job in speaking to the Jewish community.”