Donald Trump mocked Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar, a freshman congressional representative from the 5th congressional district of Minnesota, during a speech to a conservative Jewish political lobbying group on Saturday.
Speaking in Las Vegas at the National Jewish Coalition’s annual meeting, Trump mocked Omar, who is Muslim, and accused her of not backing Israel. He also told the group that supports Jewish Republicans that Democrats are allowing anti-Semites to “take root” in their party.
Trump started his speech mocking Omar. ‘Oh, I forgot. She doesn’t like Israel, I forgot, I’m sorry. No, she doesn’t like Israel, does she? Please, I apologize,’ Trump said, according to The Daily Mail.
In response, Omar took to Twitter Saturday night and posted a tweet in Arabic and English.
رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِقَوْمِي فَإِنَّهُمْ لاَ يَعْلَمُونَ
My Lord, forgive my people for they do not know. https://t.co/mtEzMrCLKF
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 7, 2019
“My Lord, forgive my people for they do not know.” Omar tweeted.
Trump has played up comments that Omar made in February when she was accused of ‘anti-Semitic tropes’ for implying that money is the root of what influences America’s foreign policy toward Israel. The president appears to be playing to fears, warning Jewish Republicans that if Democrats win in 2020, they would “leave Israel out there,” according to the Daily Mail.
Trump also applauded himself for moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “We got you something that you wanted,” Trump told coalition members about relocating the embassy. “Unlike other presidents, I keep my promises.”
Trump also acknowledged that he relies on his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, to help guide him on issues pertinent to Israel.
On March 25, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Trump who signed a proclamation which officially acknowledged that the U.S. recognized Israel sovereignty over Golan Heights, which Israel seized from Syria in the 1960s, according to The Daily Mail.
Trump’s proclamation reversed decades of U.S. policy but was seen as a political ploy to help Netanyahu who is hoping to get reelected on April 9.
“I went – ‘BING!’ – it was done,” Trump told Coalition members on Saturday, according to The Daily Beast. “We make fast decisions. And we make good decisions.”
Trump’s mockery of Omar came one day after a New York man was arrested and charged with threatening to murder the representative.
Federal prosecutors said Patrick Carlineo Jr, 55, of Addison, New York, called and spoke to a staff member of Omar on March 21 and asked: “Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood? Why are you working for her, she’s a (expletive) terrorist. I’ll put a bullet in her (expletive) skull.”
If convicted, Carlineo faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to a statement released by the U.S. Department of Justice.