Ilhan Omar calls out Ted Cruz’ appalling hypocrisy following terror attack at synagogue

Ilhan Omar calls out Ted Cruz’ appalling hypocrisy following terror attack at synagogue
Ilhan Omar/Shutterstock
Ilhan Omar/Shutterstock

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas engaged in some political grandstanding when he took to Twitter on Sunday, posting that the “anti-Semitic left” is “getting worse” and claiming that the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives “can’t even pass an anti-Semitism resolution.” One Democrat Cruz specifically mentioned in his tweet was Rep. Ilhan Omar, who he attacked for “anti-Israel slurs,” and the Minnesota congresswoman responded by tweeting, “a white nationalist literally terrorized a synagogue during Passover yesterday, and you have yet to say anything. Shame on you.”

The attack Omar was referencing occurred near San Diego on Saturday at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue, where a shooter opened fire on worshippers and killed 60-year-old Lois Gilbert-Kaye — who threw herself in front of Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein. Although Gilbert-Kaye was the only fatality, three others were injured, including Goldstein.

The incident follows a long list of white nationalist terror attacks, ranging from the recent anti-Islam mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand to the deadly attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2018.

Omar, a Somali-born Muslim, was quick to speak out on the Chabad of Poway attack on Saturday, asserting, “My heart is breaking after today’s deadly shooting at Chabad Congregation in San Diego—on the last day of Passover and six months to the day after the Tree of Life shooting…. We as a nation must confront the terrifying rise of religious hate and violence. Love trumps hate.”

“Islamophobia and anti-Semitism,” Omar has asserted, “are two sides of the same bigoted coin.”

The suspect in the Chabad of Poway shooting is 19-year-old John Earnest, who Newsweek reports is being investigated for allegedly “claiming responsibility for setting a fire at the Islamic Center of Escondido” in Escondido, California on March 24.


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