White Republican men continue to try to discredit and silence women in Congress.
In the latest, a New York Congressman decides Twitter is a place to discuss his lies about Ilhan Omar, a Muslim Congresswoman who he claims is a terrorist sympathizer.
Their Twitter battle:
Was just selected as Ranking Member of the
@HouseForeign Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations! Just learned Freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar was also put on this committee w oversight of US foreign policy. Crazy to watch what House Dems are empowering/elevating.
Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin)
January 29, 2019
Don’t mind him, he is just waking up to the reality of having Muslim women as colleagues who know how to stand up to bullies!
Those poor innocent ISIS fighters & Palestinian terrorists right Give me a break! That’s a problem no matter your religion or gender Ilhan. Your anti-Semitic & anti-Israel hate is strong & wrong & those terrorists have US blood on their hands as well. https://t.co/yVmS6Tdd8T
Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) January 31, 2019
But this behavior is nothing new for Zeldin or his Republican buddies.
picture was posted back in November by Rep. Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), of the new Congresswomen of color (including Rashida Tlaib, IIhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley). Right-wingers reposted the photo this month with edits that included a photoshopped image of Osama Bin Laden in a portrait and an ISIS flag behind the women.
Republican men have targeted Oscasio-Cortez by posting video content on social media and calling her a “little girl,” in attempt to discredit her as a political leader and colleague.
spoke out against President Trump, Republicans responded with criticism about decorum in Congress. Ocasio- Cortez tweeted, in response to Tlaib’s ruffling of their feathers, “Republican hypocrisy at its finest: saying that Trump admitting to sexual assault on tape is just ‘locker room talk,’ but scandalizing themselves into faux-outrage when my sis says a curse word in a bar.”
These women know they are being targeted, and they are fighting back.
Zeldin, who is Jewish, condemned “anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hatred,” specifically citing Tlaib and Omar’s support for the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
Omar, who has been attacked over her comments on about Israel by Republicans, has said she wants to shed light on Israel’s politics, not hating Jewish people.
told The Hill that Republicans are targeting her, “Because I’m Muslim, Palestinian. I mean, I’m a human being here as a mom, as an advocate and all these things. And I’m an equal to them now.”
Efforts to clean up racist comments made does not seem to be Republican strong suits either, as the sole Black Republican Senator Tim Scott wrote in his Washington Post
op-ed earlier this month.
Zeldin, for example, did a poor job of backtracking his comments about former President Barack Obama after he defended then-candidate Donald Trump’s racist remarks about Indiana Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s Mexican heritage.
First he said of Obama, “You can easily argue the president of the United States is a racist with his policies and his rhetoric.”
apologized quickly saying he wasn’t calling Obama racist and said he abhors racism.
Zeldin also had speaking engagements at the Long Island Chapter of the
Oath Keepers, a radical hate group, which purports that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax and Obama is Muslim.