For all the pushback among certain Democrats that Ilhan Omar received for her anti-Semitic remarks insinuating that Congress had been bought and paid for by Israel and the America Israel Public Affairs Committee, it is clear that the party is moving in the Muslim congresswoman’s direction.
Now, that was clear enough after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went back on her intention to condemn Omar with an official resolution and instead turned it into an excuse to once again bash the president. But it is more clear than ever now that most prominent 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have decided to obey MoveOn.org’s command that they skip this year’s AIPAC conference.
According to NBC News, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, and Beto O’Rourke will all be missing the conference this year. Even Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO who is planning an independent run for the White House, has said that he will not attend. One must wonder if these candidates would have skipped the conference had Omar’s controversy not dominated the headlines over the last month.
Well, Sanders probably would have – he’s straight out of the Noam Chomsky “Israel is evil” school of thinking. But the rest? We have an idea that Omar has finally made it mainstream for Democrats to come out against one of the U.S.’s strongest allies.
The candidates made their decision the day after MoveOn.org urged them to skip the event.
“It’s no secret that that AIPAC has worked to hinder diplomatic efforts like the Iran deal, is undermining Palestinian self-determination, and inviting figures actively involved in human rights violations to its stage,” said Iram Ali, campaign director for MoveOn. “We asked our members what they think so that we can make more informed decisions — and over 74% agreed that progressive presidential candidates should skip the AIPAC conference. This should also give a clear insight to 2020 candidates on where their base stands instead of prioritizing lobbying groups and policy people who rarely step outside of D.C.”
Iram Ali, eh? Mmmhmm.
Anyone still confused about what’s really going on here? Anyone at all?
All we’re saying is that if you’re a Jewish Democrat and you’re still supporting this (literally) godforsaken party, you need to get your head examined.