“I don’t think the congresswoman is anti-Semitic. I wouldn’t even put those in the same category."
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for politicizing the 9/11 terror attacks in an attempt to harm the image of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
Pelosi jumped to Omar's defense during a CNN interview this week, saying that the Minnesota congresswoman is not anti-semitic.
“I don’t think the congresswoman is anti-Semitic. I wouldn’t even put those in the same category,” Pelosi, America's top Democrat, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “We have no taint of that [anti-Semitism]."
Pelosi said Trump's attack on the congresswoman is due to the fact that he "is out of ideas." She would add "and just because they want to accuse somebody of that doesn’t mean that we take that bait.”
The feud between Omar and Trump recently intensified on Monday when the U.S. President said the congresswoman's previous comments were “anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements.”
Prior to Trump's attack on Omar, the congresswoman said she faced death threats as a result of the U.S. President spreading a video that claims she was being dismissive about the 9/11 attacks.
The freshman congresswoman accused Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism and urged him to stop these attacks.
Omar has faced heavy criticism from the right-wing media and Republicans over her comments on Israel's treatment of Palestinians and the influence of the American Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC).