Ilhan Omar apologizes after being accused of using 'antisemitic tropes'

Congresswoman ‘unequivocally apologized’ after suggesting Republican support for Israel was fueled by financial incentives

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House Democratic leaders denounced the Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar for using “antisemitic tropes and prejudicial accusations” in tweets, amid a widening controversy over remarks by new members of the Democratic caucus who are openly critical of Israel.

In response, the representative “unequivocally apologized” but also compared a major pro-Israel lobbying group to “the NRA or the fossil fuel industry”.

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