WASHINGTON – Rep. Ilhan Omar — and some of her progressive allies — were the talk of the AIPAC Policy Conference Sunday, though no speaker would call them out by name.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) dared critics to say that he held a “dual loyalty” to both the US and Israel.
“I stand with Israel, proudly and apologetically. So when someone accuses American supporters of Israel of dual loyalty, I say — accuse me,” he taunted the crowd, who cheered loudly. Omar had tweeted in early March that she should “not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee.”
Hoyer also reminded attendees that “there are 62 freshmen Democrats. Not three.”
When Omar was being criticized for making anti-Semitic remarks she was supported by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) making them the three buzziest lawmakers in the freshman class.
Hoyer told the AIPAC crowd he planned to bring 30-some Democratic lawmakers to Israel this summer, including a number of new members.
Meghan McCain, the daughter of late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and a co-host on “The View,” also took a veiled swipe at Omar when she appeared at the conference to pay tribute to her dad.
McCain walked onstage with former Sen. Joe Lieberman, one of the late senator’s dearest friends.
“Many of you know that there are people out there today, including in the halls of Congress, who believe that America supports Israel because AIPAC is powerful,” McCain said.
“That line, recalling so many pernicious stereotypes, is a profound misunderstanding of how American democracy works,” she continued. “Americans don’t support Israel because AIPAC is influential. AIPAC is influential because Americans support Israel.”
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio used his time onstage Sunday afternoon to assure the audience that Democrats as a whole were not moving away from supporting Israel.
“There’s a rather cynical attempt right now to portray some kind of drift that I don’t see and I don’t experience,” De Blasio said. “Again the vast majority of Democrats and the vast majority of progressives believe in the state of Israel and believe the United States of America needs to defend the state of Israel.”
“Period, period,” the mayor added.
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