House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has vowed to make good on his promises of removing problematic Democrats from committee assignments if he becomes Speaker of the House, and one of the embattled representatives, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., is crying foul.
“From the moment I was elected, the Republican Party has made it their mission to use fear, xenophobia, Islamophobia and racism to target me on the House Floor and through millions of dollars of campaign ads,” Omar said in a statement. “Whether it is Marjorie Taylor Greene holding a gun next to my head in campaign ads or Donald Trump threatening to ‘send me back’ to my country (despite the fact that I have been a proud citizen of the United States for more than 20 years), this constant stream of hate has led to hundreds of death threats and credible plots against me and my family.”
McCarthy told Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo on Sunday that if he serves as speaker when his party takes control of the House in January, he will make good on a long-held promise to block Democratic Reps. Eric Swalwell, Adam Schiff, and “Squad” member Omar from committee positions.
Noting Swalwell’s prior association with a Chinese spy, Schiff’s unsubstantiated fixation on Russian collusion, and Omar’s antisemitic comments, McCarthy said the three will be disqualified from participation.
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“One thing I said from the very beginning, Eric Swalwell cannot get a security clearance in the public sector,” said McCarthy. “Why would we ever give him a security clearance and the secrets to America? So, I will not allow him to be on” the House Intelligence Committee.
“You have Adam Schiff, who lied to the American public time and again – we will not allow him to be on the [Intelligence] Committee either,” McCarthy added. “Look at Congresswoman Omar, her antisemitic comments that have gone forward. We’re not going to allow her to be on Foreign Affairs.”
Kevin McCarthy will be a NATIONAL HERO if he keeps his promise to remove Ilhan Omar from the foreign affairs committee for her antisemitic remarks.
— James Bradley (@JamesBradleyCA) November 20, 2022
Omar, an outspoken critic of Israel and full-time Palestinian cheerleader, said McCarthy’s statements fuel hate and should be censored.
“McCarthy’s effort to repeatedly single me out for scorn and hatred — including threatening to strip me from my committee — does nothing to address the issues our constituents deal with,” Omar said. “It does nothing to address inflation, health care or solve the climate crisis.”
“What it does is gin up fear and hate against Somali Americans and anyone who shares my identity, and further divide us along racial and ethnic lines,” she added. “It is a continuation of a sustained campaign against Muslim and African voices, people his party have been trying to ban since Donald Trump first ran for office.”
Swalwell’s office was less verbose.
“Please circle back if Kevin McCarthy becomes speaker,” a spokeswoman for Swalwell told Fox News Digital.
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