“It’s the most weird factor,” Omar instructed CNN on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, when requested concerning the condemnation she’s confronted since she tweeted that “Stephen Miller is a white nationalist” on Monday. In her tweet, Omar pointed to reporting that Miller has been behind President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration insurance policies and satisfied the President to drop his nominee to guide US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and go in a “more durable course.”
“You already know we’re speaking about somebody who actually believes not a single refugee, not a single immigrant, ought to set foot on American soil,” Omar instructed CNN Tuesday, referencing Miller. “I’m appalled by that. As a result of not like him and others, I have never forgotten my roots. I do know what it meant for me to get the chance to return to america to start out anew.”
Omar additionally attacked Trump and Miller for what she noticed as forgetting their very own roots.
“And plenty of of his household and Trump’s household got here right here to get that chance and so they overlook,” Omar mentioned. “They overlook that that’s how … how they obtained the prospect to turn into president or work within the White Home. As a result of they obtained the prospect to return to america as a result of their households obtained an opportunity to return to america. So once you get that chance, you don’t flip your again on the following one who is looking for that chance. And I’m right here to verify they always remember.”
Omar has confronted criticism of her personal in latest weeks. One of many first two Muslim girls in Congress, she has been accused of pushing anti-Semitic tropes, which prompted a rebuke from a number of Home Democratic leaders.
Republican critics of Omar, together with the President’s son Donald Trump Jr., considered the congresswoman’s assault in opposition to Miller, who’s Jewish, as anti-Semitic.
When the President tweeted a information clip criticizing Omar, the congresswoman responded by tweeting, “Within the phrases of my 6 year-old daughter, ‘Knock it off. You are the president.'”
One other Home Democrat, Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, defended Omar, saying he was by no means accused of anti-Semitism when he additionally referred to as Miller a white nationalist final yr.
Late Tuesday, White Home spokesman Hogan Gidley dismissed Omar’s remarks.
“Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has a well-documented historical past of anti-Semitic feedback, social media posts and relationships — so it is not stunning that she would wildly assault a Jewish member of the Administration,” Gidley mentioned in an announcement. “It’s utterly ignorant to slander a Jewish man as a White Nationalist, and it dishonors the Jewish victims of anti-Semitic persecution throughout the globe.”
The employees shakeup seems to be indicative of the administration’s makes an attempt to redirect immigration coverage following a surge of migrant apprehensions on the southern border in latest months.
This put up has been up to date with extra developments Tuesday.
CNN’s Priscilla Alvarez, Jake Tapper, Abby Phillip, Jeremy Diamond and Betsy Klein contributed to this report.